Red dead-nettle

Lamium purpureum

Annual or biennial weed, propagating itself by seed, 10-25 cm (3.93 - 9.84 inch) tall.

Offensive smell; leaves do not clasp the main stalk, but are stemmed.

Cotyledons: Small, a round oval in shape, smooth-edged, stemmed, with a small notch at the tip and, often, two overlapping lobes at the base.

Stems: Bushy and branching, square in cross-section, often red-to-violet above.

Leaves: Opposite, forming a cross, a rounded heart-shape, with long stems.
The upper leaves with short stems and often with a reddish tinge near the inflorescence.
The leaf edge saw-toothed.
Distinct leaf veins.

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