On Jul 15, 2011, Mdvdsn from Clarksville, AR wrote:
This plant provides an early season nectar and pollen source for honeybees. Although in this early season, most pollen and nectar goes to feed new bees, if sufficient quantities of the plant exist it makes a very nice honey with just a hint of minty flavor.
On Apr 13, 2011, Marianne13 from Monroe City, MO wrote:
Actually, henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is a different plant from dead nettle (Lamium purpureum). We've got a beautiful carpet of henbit around our front gate, that's being actively used by the honeybees for nectar. I love it's purple color in the spring and don't mind sharing my lawn with it. I've heard it called "giraffe head", because some people think the flower looks like a little giraffe head. I think it looks more like a teeny, tiny fuzzy-headed muppet.
On Mar 8, 2011, sherman99 from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I find this little plant to be quite pretty, and the only thing blooming in my yard in Feb. i dont know where it came from but as i live on a large piece of property i have no problem with letting it take over an area. it is growing in full sun and the flowers are quite cheerful. i am sure if it were choking out something i had planted my opinion would be different.
On Jun 28, 2010, greenthumb99 from Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Where I live this plant is not a problem, but it grows as a weed in my in-laws lawn. When we visit them in the early spring I dig some up to bring home and set a pot on the rail of our deck where I can easily see the lovely little blooms. Too bad it is such a problem in warmer areas.
On Feb 16, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Very sneaky weed, within days you can have a huge patch of it taking over everything. In my area, most prominent during our mild winters/early spring. I don't know if this can ever be eliminated from one's yard but one minor consolation is that it can be pulled in large clumps, thus giving one a sense of accomplishment--but don't be fooled. It's there forever!
On Mar 8, 2008, dgapwalls from Dahlonega, GA wrote:
We purchased this house about one year ago, and this STUFF was surrounding a l.p. Gas tank, which we removed. After mowing, thereby spreading the stuff, it has continued to grow around the base of the pool fence, out into the yard, and every concievable place where it isn't wanted. How can it be contained, other than spending my entire summer pulling the stuff? Are there any herbicides that will kill the invasive beast and leave the bermuda grass?
On Mar 2, 2008, dda1974 from Bonaire, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I can't believe anyone would pay money for this plant. The flowers are pretty and very unique, but I noticed it spread through my entire back yard (especially the shadier areas) in full bloom in February.
Some plants exhibit an albinism mutation (white flowers instead of purple). I recently found a patch of these and was able to obtain some seeds. It will be interesting to see what the offspring look like...
On Mar 16, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Easy to pull, so not high on my list of hated weeds.
It is attractive, but doesn't stay put and always
seems to find it's way next to my poppies, which
do not like to be disturbed. If Lamium a. and p. would
behave, they would be welcome to stay, but they
pop up in areas where I like a clean look.
So, sorry, Lams, out you go.
Best to pull when they are young and tender, else
ye find yourself using a trowel to dig them out.
On Feb 4, 2006, Flowerkid from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
L. amplexicaule is a weed, but it's not particularly difficult to pull, like Dandelion, for instance. I agree with tiG that it's best to pull these up before they flower. I read that, on average, each plant will make 1000 seeds. Still, weed status notwithstanding, it's nice to see some green in the winter before the lawn "wakes up," and it provides nectar for bees when few other plants can.
I just purchased this house and found this nestled in with some black eyed -susans in the shade. I just now was at a nursery and found out what it was. I transplanted it to the front of the house around the front border of our flower bed and use as a low creeping border. Here it gets full sun. I must say though in the winter it did not lose any flowers in fact it looked as though it just laid dormant but with all its greenery and flowers.I live in the N.E. part of Oh near Youngstown where it gets below -10 or even lower at times.
Thanks for letting me share this with you.
On May 21, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
Lamium amplexicaule, the plant we are talking about here, is a winter annual. It dies off when the summer heat comes around and looks absolutely terrible. That is why I eradicate it as early as possible. The seed seems to come in on the wind, though, because I get plenty more plants every year.
I can't imagine anyone liking this plant after seeing it's entire life cycle and invasive qualities.
There are several good decorative lamiums such as 'Beacon Silver' and 'Hermann's Pride' that are perennial groundcovers. Perhaps that is what the positive raters are referring to.
On May 20, 2004, nancymonio from Lakeville, MN wrote:
I really like this plant. I like the White Nancy kind also. The only thing about it in Minnesota is if we have don't near normal snow fall sometimes that plants don't come back. I have experience this both at my parents and my house. Try to get these plants from a friend or neighbor so that you don't have to pay for them. Last year I bought several of them and they didn't come back but the ones that I got from my sister-in-law did come back.
On May 20, 2004, vagardener from Springfield, VA wrote:
I have an impossible slope behind my garage and decided to create a tiered rock garden. The soil is heavy Virginia clay. I amended the soil, a bit, and planted the deadnettle in the front tier. It is looks lovely in it's place. I wanted to use it's trailing tendencies to cascade over the rocks.
On May 19, 2004, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
WEED! I can't believe it's listed as an annual. It certainly spreads fast enough. I used to admire the pretty flowers (and still do on occasion) but mostly would rather not have to deal with it in my yard.