I found and identified some new weeds in the yard this week! I’m so excited. And they are all both edible and medicinal. Think I’ll add a few to my regular salad today for a wonderful spring tonic. Zing-zing of Spring!!
(Kids, if you try this at home look for a clean, unpolluted area to search. You don’t want to gather eating greens that have been sprayed by pesticides, where animals pee or poo, or where people or cars travel frequently.)
Here are the ones I just found, but there are many more to identify in my yard… oh, what fun!
1. Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum) looks very similar to Henbit (next photo). The flowers, leaves and coloring are very similar. The Dead Nettle has triangular leaves that droop and they have a stem attaching them to the stalk. This weed tastes like SPRING! These Dead Nettles are nestled in a patch of just-about-to-flower Chickweed.
Purple Dead Nettle
2. Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) looks similar to the Dead Nettle, but notice the rounded leaves and that they do not have a stem growing from the stalk. In the photo below it is surrounded by the white flowers of Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta), another of my favorite wild eating greens.
3. Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) has bright blue flowers that look sort of like an eye. Lovely!