Lamium purpureum (Purple Deadnettle) - photos and description



Looking straight down on flowers.

Lower leaves have petioles.

General: Plants with a prostate to ascending growth habit. Much branched at the base, stems square, foliage pubescent.

Flowers: Flowers are helmet-shaped, in whorls on upper stems, sessile. Flowers pinkish-purple, two-lipped with the upper lip forming a hood, and the lower lip divided into 2 lobes. We measured a corolla at 16 mm long by 8 mm wide. 

Leaves: Leaves opposite, ovate to triangular in shape, about as long as wide, have cordate bases, apex is rounded or less often acute, have scalloped margins and are deeply veined. We measured a leaf at 27 mm long by 25 mm wide.

Height: Manual of Montana Vascular Plants lists the height to 40 cm, we measured plants to 15  cm tall (plants are being mowed regularly in park).

Habitat: Lawns, road shoulders and other disturbed places. 

Abundance: Rare.

Origin: Introduced.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 10th, 17th, 20th, and 24th in the lawn of a city park in our home of Regina, SK.