question about purple dead nettle - lamium purpureum
hrbmoore at mindspring.com
Mon Apr 21 01:59:59 EST 2003
In article <Xns935F93A60811FSaltyThumb at 18.104.22.168>, Salty Thumb of
Death <salty at notsogreenthumb.fake> 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.
It's called "Dead Nettle" because, although it resembles Nettles
(Urtica spp.), and grows in similar localities, it has no stinging
hairs. Therefore it is "dead".
Michael Moore (hrbmoore at mindspring.com)
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