|Purple Dead-nettle and Henbit comparison of stalks and leaves|
|Purple Dead-nettle and Henbit growing together in my yard|
Purple Dead-nettles have their leaves in clumps, especially near the top, and have short stalks connecting the leaves to the stem. The leaves are often a purplish or dark color. The unusual name is derived in that these plants are thought by some to resemble nettles but are "non-stinging" and thus termed "dead."
While often considered garden weeds and even invasive by some, these plants are well established and often grow in waste places where few other things thrive. They can be found growing from cracks in the sidewalk and may provide an early nectar source to the earliest pollinators, providing some early spring color in places few other plants can survive.