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Does anyone know what this is?

Posted by mjazz 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 20, 13 at 12:22

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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RE: Does anyone know what this is?

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


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RE: Does anyone know what this is?

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


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RE: Does anyone know what this is?

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


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RE: Does anyone know what this is?

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."


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RE: Does anyone know what this is?

"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.


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