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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Friday, 25 March 2011

Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)

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. 

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