P is for Purple Dead Nettle

Purple Dead Nettle, Lamium purpureum, is another one of those small lawn plants that is easy to overlook–unless you are a squirrel digging around, particularly Miz Flora. Our resident botanist squirrel also likes purple. A lot.

Purple Dead Nettle

This one is really not something that stands out, but when Miz Flora made me get down and look closer, I discovered it is kind of pretty.

fuzzy leaves of Purple Dead Nettle

Close up, the newest leaves are very fuzzy, which helps this plant to keep from freezing in unpredictable spring weather.

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