Red Deadnettle

March 16th, 2012

Latin:  Lamium purpureum

Irish:  Neanntóg chaoch


Contrary to the common name, Red Deadnettle is not closely related to the more familiar stinging nettle – the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).   It is, in fact, closely related to the well-known culinary herbs thyme, mint and basil.

The plant is vaguely nettle-like.  Leaves and stems are covered with hairs but they are stingless.  The plant grows about 10-20cm tall and bears reddish-purple flowers.  Flowering occurs from March to October.


This is a native species that favours waste places and field margins.  Specimens can usually be seen in the swale between the 10th green and the motte-and-bailey.

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