One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Old World plant of the mint family, with leaves that resemble those of a nettle but lack stinging hairs.
Lamium and related genera, family Labiatae: several species, including the common white dead-nettle (L. album)
- ‘The flowering of daffodils and white dead-nettles has been observed at Christmas, and in parts of Scotland people now cut their grass in winter.’
- ‘Stronger than flax, fiber from white dead-nettle was also spun into fishing nets by North American Indians, through a process of decay rather than retting.’
- ‘In the past red and white dead-nettles have been cooked like spinach but they're probably don't come into the gourmet class as they've also been used in making pig-swill.’
- ‘Red dead-nettle is common in cereals where it has benefited from the control of more competitive weeds.’
- ‘A few have had minor usage in herbal medicine (such as Lamium album; white dead-nettle).’
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