Plant A Day – Henbit Deadnettle

Henbit Deadnettle Lamium amplexicaule

Henbit Deadnettle
Lamium amplexicaule

There’s a cool web page called “Eat the Weeds” which has detailed descriptions of all sorts of edible plants.  According to Green Deane (is that his real name?), Henbit is easy to identify, good to eat, no side effects, and just an all around good wild edible.  In the article, he describes himself collecting Chickweed, came across Henbit and decided to try it.  I’m sure they’re all very good, but if you’ve ever been out collecting Chickweed or Henbit, you’ll find that you will do lots of collecting before you get enough for a meal.  You’re probably spending more energy doing the collecting than you get from the plant.  On the other hand, Henbit flowers are quite pretty and would add a unique touch to a salad, especially if you are having guests.

The leaves are unique among any other plants that might look like Henbit

The leaves are unique among any other plants that might look like Henbit

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