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botanical name:
Lamium purpureum
Lamium purpureum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Red Deadnettle, Purple Deadnettle
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.15m
width: 0.15m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: purple & green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Hairy annual with square-section stems and oval, bluntly-toothed leaves of dull green often flushed purple. Whorls of pinkish-purple flowers are produced on the upper part of the stems from spring to autumn. Common wildflower and garden weed.


cultivation:
Moist, well drained soil and partial or deep shade. Will grow in full sun if not too dry.

propagation:
By seed. In the wild the seeds are distributed by ants, as they contain a substance called elaiosome which attracts them.

usage:
Wildflower garden and woodlands. Good bee plant.

other notes:
Common wildflower or garden weed, native to Britain. Rarely causes a problem as it is quite easy to control.

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