One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dead-nettle with purple flowers and partly prostrate stems, native to Eurasia, several kinds of which have become widely naturalized in North America.
Genus Lamium, family Labiatae: several species, in particular L. amplexicaule
- ‘A beautiful, but quite inadvertent crop of henbit was flourishing in this field east of Lincoln this week.’
- ‘Many winter annual weeds, including common chickweed, purple deadnettle, henbit, and cressleaf groundsel, have become increasingly problematic in corn, soybean, and wheat production.’
- ‘Early pre-plant treatments allow producers to burndown winter annuals including henbit and mustards and early summer annuals, including giant ragweed, common sunflower and lambsquarter.’
- ‘Then winter arrives - usually for about two weeks - and we get new weeds - chickweed, henbit and annual bluegrass.’
- ‘Weeds such as henbit and pennycress are winter annuals that generally emerge in the fall.’
Late 16th century: apparently a translation of Low German or Dutch hoenderbeet.
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