Lamium purpureum (red deadnettle, hybrid deadnettle, red archangel)

description:  summer annual

place of origin: winter annual

urban habitat:commonly found in lawns, parks, gardens, along roadsides, in waste areas; tolerates a wide variety of soil types.

ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for bees.

history: The leaves of Lamium purpureum are edible and nutritious, consumed as a vegetable or used as an herb. The plant also has medicinal uses, as an astringent, diuretic, laxative, and used to arrest hemorrhaging, and to induce vomiting and perspiration.