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Lamium album
White deadnettle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Lamium
Species: L. album
Binomial name
Lamium album

Lamium album (White Deadnettle) is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native throughout Europe and western Asia, growing in a variety of habitats from open grassland to woodland, generally on moist, fertile soils.



It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50-100 cm tall, with green, four-angled stems. The leaves are 3-8 cm long and 2-5 cm broad, triangular with a rounded base, softly hairy, and with a serrated margin and a petiole up to 5 cm long; like many other members of the Lamiaceae, they appear superficially similar to those of the Stinging nettle Urtica dioica but do not sting, hence the common name "dead nettle". The flowers are white, produced in whorls ('verticillasters') on the upper part of the stem, the individual flowers 1.5-2.5 cm long.

Cultivation and uses

The young leaves are edible, and can be used in salads or cooked as a vegetable. The plant is also used in herbal medicine, for example as a dermatological remedy.

Bees are attracted to the flowers which contain nectar or pollen, hence the plant is sometimes called the Bee Nettle. [1]

It was introduced to North America, where it is widely naturalised.



  1. ^ - A Modern Herbal | Nettles

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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Lamium album


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Lamioideae
Genus: Lamium
Species: Lamium album
Subspecies: L. p. barbatum - L. p. crinitum - L. p. hyrcanicum - L. p. orientale - L. p. sempervirens - L. p. transcaucasicum - L. p. turkestanicum
Varietes: L. p. var. integrifolium - L. p. var. kitadakense


Lamium album L.


  • Species Plantarum 2:579. 1753
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]
  • Subspecies [2]

Vernacular names

English: White Dead-nettle
Gàidhlig: Teanga Mhìn
Magyar: Fehér árvacsalán
Русский: Яснотка белая, или Глухая крапива
Türkçe: Beyaz ballıbaba
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