|Southbank - 24/03/11|
Also known as Purple dead-nettle which seems like a more appropriate name as the flowers are purple. It is a brilliant bee friendly plant, which provides a source of nectar for bees during mild weather in winter when little else is flowering. With a cursory glance it may be mistaken for the stinging nettle when it is not flowering, hence the name but there is no relation whatsoever.
Like many plants the fresh young leaves and shoots maybe eaten but I've read that they're not particularly palatable.