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Billy Joe Fudge: Little plant is Purple Dead-nettle or henbit

He gives distinction between the two. Both are in the mint family
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By Billy Joe Fudge

If the stem has leaves all the way to the ground it is Purple dead-nettle.

If the stem is bare of leaves up to 2 or 3 inches from the ground up it is Henbit.

They are both in the Mint family although the mint smell doesn't permeate the air when crushed as Spearmint and Lemonmint do.

They are both edible according to all my experience and sources, although I take no responsibility for any inconvenience or distress or worse which their ingestion might cause.

In most cases they are referred to as a stimulant and a laxative so beware, since they may stimulate one to go to the bathroom! - Billy Joe Fudge

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