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 or 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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Common names
  • Henbit
  • Dead Nettle
  • Common Dead Nettle
  • Giraffe Head

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Photo by SongofJoy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-27
farm field before crop planting
Location: Sullivans Island, SC
Date: 2013-02-21
If it weren't so small and weedy, who wouldn't want such an archi
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: February 22, 2022
#76 Hen's bit; RAB page 909, 164-19-1; AG page 420 and 421, 82-33
Photo by Jai_Ganesha
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2015-03-15
Pops out on our mailbox every winter and dies back when hot weath
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: January 3, 2022
#76 Hen's bit; RAB page 909, 164-19-1; AG page 420 and 421, 82-33
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 02/11/2022
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-03-06
Location: Calaveras County, CA
Date: 2024-03-18
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-03-08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-04-15
Sea of Purple
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-03-07
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-02-10
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-02-20
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2013-02-14
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2012-04-03
Photo by Scooter007
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2017-02-19
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 02/11/2021
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 02/11/2022
Location: Geneva, AL
Date: 2015-03-03
Location: AL/FL border
Date: 2014-02-25
Location: AL/FL border
Date: 2014-02-25
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2004-03-27
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2013-02-13
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-03-06
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2014-03-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-04-08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-04-15
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-10
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-12
Location: Fairfax, VA | March, 2023
Date: 2023-03-25
How in the world did I get this camera effect? Oh well.
Location: Tochigi, Japan
Date: 2017-04-01
white bloom type among the usual purples
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-01-28
Location: Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-13
Late winter, early spring
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-01-28
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-01-28
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-01-28
Location: Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-13
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-02-06
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: January 3, 2022
#76 Hen's bit; RAB page 909, 164-19-1; AG page 420 and 421, 82-33
Location: Waynesboro MS
Date: 2005-03-04
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-09-09
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-09-09
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Comments:
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 11, 2015 1:27 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Feb 20, 2012 12:38 AM concerning plant:
    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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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That means... by wildflowers Mar 11, 2017 7:32 AM 3
Lamium amplexicaule? by Hamwild Mar 11, 2018 6:44 PM 8
Wrong ID; it's Henbit by sedumzz Feb 13, 2022 6:08 PM 1
Lamium purpureum by sedumzz Feb 13, 2023 7:51 AM 0

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