Monday, April 4, 2011

Henbit & Deadnettle

A closer look at those fields of purple will show us Henbit and Deadnettle. They are relatives and members of the mint family. Both are weeds of no-till crop production and that explains how we can have hundreds of acres of purple in the spring before the farmers spray their fields.

Henbit  has rounded leaves that appear to encircle the stem.
Deadnettle leaves are more triangular or heart shaped.
Both plants are edible and have medicinal value. The upper parts of the plants can be cooked as pot herbs, added to salads or used in teas. Gather only plants that have not been exposed to chemicals.

3 comments:

  1. I have seen these purple in the field, and of course I did not know what they were. Thanks for a great informational post.
    QMM

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  2. We have these in abundance in the Spring in the fields.....all before the huge chemical trucks hit the road.
    I love seeing the swathes of purple and imagine what it must be like in England with lavender growing. In fact, there are usually a few plants in the field beside me.....I might have to pluck a few and give them a try.

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  3. we have lots of those here! pretty prolific weed! hope this finds you well!

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