Plant ID forum: Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule); backyard weed

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Scooter007
Feb 19, 2012 5:12 PM CST
What kind of plant is this, it's a common weed here in north texas and grows all over my yard. It has a square stem and purple flowers.

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JRsbugs
Feb 19, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Lamium amplexicaule most likely, look at this thread..

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Horntoad
Feb 19, 2012 6:40 PM CST
Yep that's Henbit. Introduced species that, according to USDA site it grows in every state but Alaska.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 19, 2012 6:50 PM CST
ah ha, so that's what it is ... I've seen this weed before and didn't know what it was, either! (if the flowers were about 10 times bigger we'd all be wanting to grow it!)
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Scooter007
Feb 19, 2012 8:00 PM CST
That was quick, thanks everyone.
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fiwit
Feb 19, 2012 8:01 PM CST
It's one of the earliest flowers (in my yard, it pretty much blooms all winter long), and that helps the pollinators when they come out in early spring. THat's the only reason I've not eradicated it (that, and my extension agent tells me the only sure way to get rid of it is to pull it up by hand)
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JRsbugs
Feb 20, 2012 6:22 AM CST
Small is beautiful, and as Mary says, the flowers help pollinators. What better than to have a plant which flowers for a long time and requires little attention. Hilarious!
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StephGTx
Feb 20, 2012 8:14 AM CST
It may be weird, but I really like henbit. I do keep it out of my lawn but I allow it to remain in my beds. It makes a nice filler. As Janet said it flowers for most of the year and requires no attention. Plus purple is my favorite color Big Grin
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Chickensonmars
Feb 20, 2012 10:12 AM CST
Also an alternate host for Strymon melinus, the grey hairstreak, as if they need more.
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Feb 20, 2012 10:27 AM CST
Hurray! bonus for my butterfly garden Hurray!
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fiwit
Feb 20, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Chickensonmars said:Also an alternate host for Strymon melinus, the grey hairstreak, as if they need more.


Awesome! Hurray! Now I have another answer if anyone asks me why I leave it in my front yard.
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 6:11 PM CST
Scooter007, I hope you will upload your lovely photo to the database: Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)
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dave
Feb 21, 2012 6:30 PM CST

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I proposed the import of it. Smiling
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 10:51 PM CST
Thumbs up Thanks Dave! I forgot all about that feature and that we can do that! Green Grin!
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