Lamium purpureum
purple deadnettle

Lamium purpureum
Lamium purpureum
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Lamium purpureum
Common name: purple deadnettle
Group: dicot
Family: Lamiaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 4 - 12"
Foliage: heart-shaped, dentate, hairy, and with sunken veins.  Leaves are opposite, around square stems, and slightly blue in color
Flower: tubular, lavender, 1/4"
Flowering time: April-October
Habitat: disturbed areas; roadsides, waste places, gardens
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Resembles henbit (Lamium amplexicaule),

Flowers are both insect and self pollinated.

L. purpureum can carry cucumber mosaic virus both in the growing plant and in its seeds. It is also a host of the potato leaf-roll virus.

Lamium, ancient Latin word for mint. Purpureum, reddish or purplish