Red Dead-nettle

Lamium purpureum

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About

Red Dead-nettle is a common plant of roadside verges, waste grounds and field edges - anywhere the ground has been disturbed or cultivated. Like Yellow Archangel and other members of the 'dead'-nettle family, it doesn't have stinging leaves. Its crimson flowers appear from March to October.

How to identify

Looking similar to a Stinging Nettle, Red Dead-nettle is a downy annual with heart-shaped, toothed leaves and reddish, square stems. Dense whorls of pinky-red flowers appear up the stem; the flowers have a curved 'hood' and a 'lip'.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our roadside verges and waste grounds can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Red Dead-nettle
Latin name
Lamium purpureum
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 30cm
Conservation status
Common.