West Highland Flora

White Dead-nettle


Lamium album

 

Lamium album

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jun 2002 Berwick-upon-Tweed

Rare: roadsides and similar places, more likely in the south of the area.

Flower c 18-24 mm long

ID: Flowers white, consisting of two lips with a wide-open "mouth" between them, the upper lip hooded and hairy, the lower broad and flat, with inconspicuous side lobes higher up.  Do not confuse with white forms of Hemp-nettle, which have the lower lip divided into 3 conspicuous lobes (see bottom picture on Common Hemp-nettle page) and their leaves and stems are bristly to feel.

Other features: Leaves rather like Stinging Nettle in appearance, but soft and not stinging.  Flowers in whorls at the leaf-nodes, usually found at all nodes except those close to the top or bottom of the stem.  Calyx with 5 long teeth.

 

Lamium album

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Sep 2003 Musselburgh

 

Lamium album

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jun 2002 Berwick-upon-Tweed

Fruiting plant showing long-toothed calyces


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