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Q.Lamium Lookalike – Weed?

Anonymous added on February 12, 2014 | Answered

I have a plant in my yard that closely resembles lamium with stems containing lilac colored flowers. The difference is the leaves are solid green whereas lamium leaves are silver and green. Is this a weed?

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Answered on February 12, 2014

It could be a Lamium species, most likely red deadnettle or purple nettle weed (Lamium purpureum), which may produce flowers that are pink to purple and spreads rather quickly if not controlled. Here is more information: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/Weeds/Deadnettle_Purple.aspx

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