Red Dead-Nettle

One of the paths going into Hereford City has some mahonia and other shrubs planted on the grassy verge. I noticed today that some red dead-nettle is also growing there.

Red dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum is also called purple dead-nettle or purple archangel. Unlike true nettles it does not sting. The tops and leaves of young plants are edible in salads or stir fries. However, it is most useful as an early source of  nectar and pollen for bees. In some parts of the UK it is known as bumblebee flower.


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