Deadnettles

Purple Deadnettle
Purple Deadnettle

Deadnettles are a family of flowers comprising 40-50 distinct species. Although it is an invasive species in North America, it is such a favorite of bumblebees, honeybees, and other pollinators that it is often referred to as the bee nettle. They resemble a classic nettle plant with wide, triangular leaves, but they do not have stinging hairs. In landscaping applications the varieties with fuzzy silver hairs are preferred.  The young leaves are edible as a salad green. Deadnettle is often grown as a ground cover, as it is prolific and short. It is frequently found in pasture, ditches, fence rows, and unsprayed areas of lawns. They are a perennial plant that may stay green year round in warmer, protected areas. Deadnettles are an early minor source of nectar and pollen.