question about purple dead nettle - lamium purpureum
maison.mousse at wanadoo.fr
Fri Apr 18 02:35:42 EST 2003
Monique Reed a écrit dans le message
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>Dead nettle is not a true nettle (Urtica), though the leaves are
>superficially similar. It's in the mint family. Since it has no
>sting, it's harmless, or "dead."
>I don't know about the lead connection. Its sister species, Lamium
>amplexicaule, is ubiquitous in East-Central Texas. If it were
>indicating lead, I'm sure we'd all be defunct by now. It, at least,
>is an indicator of disturbed or untended ground and tends to hang out
>with dandelion, shepherd's purse, annual bluegrass, and other early
>Salty Thumb of Death wrote:
>> Does anyone know where I can find some information on purple dead nettle?
>> Plants.usda.gov just gives some taxonomy.
>> Does anyone one know why it's called dead nettle? Something to do with
>> death or is it a corruption of some other language? Is it true that it's
>> presence indicates heavy metals (particularly lead) in the soil? From
>> hearsay, I've gathered that it tends to grow in 'wasteland' which makes
>> sense if the part about heavy metals is true.
>> Hopefully this is a good group to pose this question.
True nettle (Urtica dioica) is said concentrate lead and arsenic.
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