PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Henbit

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Lamium amplexicaule / Lamiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): henbit deadnettle

CONDITIONS: sun/shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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sage/mint

RAW/COOK

Spring

Stalk/Stem

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sage/mint

RAW/COOK

Spring

Buds

       

Flowers

sage/mint

RAW/COOK

Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Young leaves - raw or cooked. Added to salads, used as potherb, infuse in cold water, steep in hot water for tea.(1)

 

CAUTION: Excessive mint exposure may cause an arthritic condition.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber.(2) The plant is antirheumatic, diaphoretic, excitant, febrifuge, laxative and stimulant.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Purple deadnettle and ground ivy/creeping charlie

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Any mint is an insect and rodent repellent, just put some in a blender with water, sieve out fiber, use mint water to damp mop and dust. Also use to rinse woolen clothes to keep moths away.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lamium+amplexicaule
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/henbit-top-of-the-pecking-order
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamium_amplexicaule
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2009/12/henbit.html  (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/henbit.aspx (good photos)