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Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
||3 - 12 inches
||3 - 6 inches
||Other: Edible, with a sweet, grassy flavor; tasty in salads.
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.
||Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
|Propagation: Other methods:
- Common Dead Nettle
- Dead Nettle
- Giraffe Head
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:
Young leaves of henbit are considered to be edible raw or cooked. They have been used as additions to salads or as a potherb.
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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