Reblog…9+ Things to Make with Purple Dead Nettle

Discover over 9 creative and practical things you can make with the bounty of purple dead nettle growing in your lawn or vegetable beds!

Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is an early spring weed that you often find growing in lawns and garden beds.

It grows like gangbusters in my garden, which I love (and so do the bumblebees!), but unfortunately, I have to clear some out every year to make space for planting vegetables too.

It’s a nutritious edible and has a ton of healthful benefits and uses, so I don’t just toss it all to the chickens – I save some for our use too!

We especially use a lot of the salve – one of my children has frequent aches related to hypermobility and the structure of her joints and reports it’s very effective for her particular type of pain.

Identifying Purple Dead Nettle

It’s sometimes confused with henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) or possibly ground ivy/creeping charlie (Glechoma hederacea).

For in depth information on telling henbit and purple dead nettle apart, please see the article at our family’s website – Unruly Gardening:

Differences Between Henbit and Purple Dead Nettle

check out this article and check your yard before you mow, you’ll probably have this in your yard to forage.

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