One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the mint family that resembles the nettle. Native to Eurasia, it has been introduced elsewhere.
Genus Galeopsis, family Labiatae: several species, including G. tetrahit, found in waste areas of southern Canada and the northern US
- ‘A definite characteristic of hemp-nettles is that the stem is swollen below each node.’
- ‘Common hemp-nettle seed mixed with soil and stirred periodically emerged mainly from March to May.’
- ‘Bifid hemp-nettle usually has pink flowers, while North American populations of hemp-nettle usually have white flowers.’
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