Does anyone know what this is?

mjazz(6)April 20, 2013

These have only recently appeared in my yard.
Are they an ornamental that naturalized, or is it just a weed that may have been inadvertently introduced to this region?
They could almost pass for an ornamental with the unique reddish leaves up top.
Thanks ahead of time.

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lycopus(z5 NY)

Lamium purpureum. It is a weed from Eurasia. Why it was introduced I couldn't tell you.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 4:27PM
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mjazz(6)

Thank you. Looking it up, I see that there are ornamental varieties for sale.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 6:39PM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

You're thinking of Lamium maculatum of which many cultivars are available.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:13PM
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mjazz(6)

You're right. When searching for information, for some odd reason there is an ad at the top of the page from American Meadows claiming to have purpureum for sale.
The plant is edible and does have medicinal uses. Emerson once said " A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:36PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

"Why it was introduced I couldn't tell you... "

Quite possibly it wasn't deliberate. This and many other ubiquitous European weed species could well have hitched a lift on imported seed, clothing, goods, etc centuries ago.

Alternatively, as mjazz implies, it could have been brought for its medicinal properties.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 4:38AM
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