Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) in the Dead Nettles Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 3 - 12 inches
Plant Spread: 3 - 6 inches
Leaves: Other: Edible, with a sweet, grassy flavor; tasty in salads.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Pink
Purple
Other: Round 2 to 3 inch wide cluster of several 1/2 inch to 1 inch 2-lipped elongated flowers. Each flower has a dark pink upper lip and 2-lobed lower lip of pale pink with darker pink spots.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Salad greens
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Self
Bees

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ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Feb 20, 2012 12:38 AM

Edible Uses:
Young leaves of henbit are considered to be edible raw or cooked. They have been used as additions to salads or as a potherb.

Medicinal Uses:
The plant is antirheumatic, excitant, fever-reducing, laxative, stimulant, and has agents that induce sweating.

It is widely naturalised in eastern North America and elsewhere, where it is often considered to be an invasive weed. However, its edibility and readiness to grow in many climes often mean it is permitted to grow when other 'weeds' are not.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 11, 2015 1:27 PM

A winter annual wildflower and garden invasive in Illinois. Stems are square,leaves are opposite. Flowers measure about half an inch long w/ long tubes and red spotted lips (2).
Preferred habitats are crop fields, lawns, and roadsides.
Originally from Eurasia and Africa.
During Illinois' springs, millions carpet crop fields in a dazzling pink/purple splendor.
Common name Henbit derived from noting chickens eating seeds.

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