Lamium purpureum, The Red Dead-nettle

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)Known as Red Dead-nettle in the UK, the flowers range from pink to purple. Other names include Purple Dead-nettle and Purple Archangel and are perhaps a little more descriptive.

The Dead-nettles are so called because although they look a bit like Stinging Nettles they have no sting.

The flower is best described as a corollla, this is the name that we give a flower when it’s petals are fused together to form a tube.

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)The opening of the flower has a top “hood” petal and two lower “lip” petals.

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)Under the hood there are four stamens, two long and two short and a style with a two lobed stigma (not shown)

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)The stem is square.

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)Leaves are heart shaped with small, regular toothed edges and hairy. Towards the top of the plant they can appear quite purple.

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)   Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)   Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)In the UK the flowering season can start as early as February and last until November. In fact this year I took my first pictures of the flowers on the second of February. This makes them very important to wildlife.

Another name for this Dead-nettle is the Bumblebee Flower they are rich in nectar and pollen and much loved by insects.

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)

Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)Taxonomy

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Lamiales

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Lamium

Species: Lamium purpureum

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