It's been such a crazy, warm winter here in South Jersey (supposed to be 64 on Saturday!) that the purple deadnettle ( Lamium purpureum) is popping up all over. Does anyone actually use it for anything? My chickens never cared for it and I must say that I agree. I much prefer henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) but it is outnumbered about 100:1 on my property.
Does the deadnettle have any culinary or herbal benefit? I've seen smoothie recipes that call for things like three bananas, a pint of strawberries and a teaspoon of deadnettle, but that seems like cheating. 😀
I am looking at a long deadnettle season, so pass along any good ideas. I may end up with gallons of weed tea for the garden, but that's okay, too.