Lamium amplexicaule (henbit deadnettle, dead nettle, blind nettle, bee nettle, giraffe head, greater henbit)

description: winter annual

place of origin: Europe, temperate and tropical Asia, north Africa.

urban habitat: commonly found in minimally maintained lawns, cultivated gardens, topsoil stockpiles, disturbed sites, wetland edges, drainage ditches, and near marshes.

ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; food and habitat for wildlife.

history: Lamium Amplexicaule is distributed widely across North America, found as far south as Florida and as far north as Greenland and is naturalized in other parts of the world. Its leaves are edible and have been used medicinally as a laxative, stimulant, and to treat fevers and rheumatism.