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Lamium amplexicaule - L.

Common Name Henbit, Henbit deadnettle
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated soil, usually on light dry soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, W. Mediterranean and W. Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lamium amplexicaule Henbit, Henbit deadnettle


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lamium amplexicaule is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from April to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[54, 62, 105]. Added to salads or used as a potherb[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic  Diaphoretic  Febrifuge  Laxative  Stimulant

The plant is antirheumatic, diaphoretic, excitant, febrifuge, laxative and stimulant[218, 240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Tolerates most soils and conditions. Prefers a light dry soil[17, 54]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - this species usually self sows freely and should not require human intervention. When required, it can be sown in situ as soon as it is ripe or in spring. The seed can germinate at any time of the year in the wild if conditions are suitable[17].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lamium albumWhite Dead NettlePerennial0.6 5-9 MLMHSNM233
Lamium galeobdolonYellow ArchangelPerennial0.3 3-9 FLMHFSNM213
Lamium purpureumRed Dead Nettle, Purple deadnettleAnnual0.3 4-8  LMHSNM210

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

17

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Readers comment

david   Thu Dec 10 2009

Hazards:leaves have been reported toxic to cattle in Australia, but cooked are "evidently" safe for humans(source: Tim low. Wlid Herbs of Australia and New Zealand).This is one of my first choices when out of (or bored with) cultivated greens, because it is handy, always there, but also because it is perfectly pleasant to eat. I include it in a meal a few times a month.

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