West Highland Flora

Red Dead-nettle


Lamium purpureum

 

Lamium purpureum

Photo Carl Farmer
12 May 2004 Kyleakin, Skye

Occurs here and there as a weed of cultivated or disturbed ground.

Plant c 10-45 cm high.  Flower c 10-15 mm long

ID: Flower pinkish-purple, lowest petal divided into two diverging lobes.  Flowers in whorls at base of upper leaves.  Calyx divided to about halfway.  Tubular part of flower extends well beyond calyx tip (this distinguishes it from Northern Dead-nettle).  Leaves mostly less than twice as long as broad.

Other features: Leaves often purple-tinged, the lower ones with stalks longer than blades, the upper short-stalked.  Leaves in opposite pairs with their stalks joined around the stem.  An annual, branching from the base.  Flowers for most of the year, but probably commonest in spring.

 

Lamium purpureum

Photo Carl Farmer
12 May 2004 Kyleakin, Skye

  Lamium purpureum

Photo Carl Farmer
12 May 2004 Kyleakin, Skye

 

Lamium purpureum

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Apr 2003 Aberlady, E Lothian

Leaves can be green rather than purple


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