For the last 3 weeks, Purple Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) has been blooming in my lawn and garden.
This lovely little plant is a member of the mint family and is native to Europe. Here it's a nuisance in every state.
I read that this was a good bee plant, providing lots of nectar. So I had a little nibble of a flower or two. Sweet and delicious!!
According to Linnaeus, purple deadnettle was boiled and eaten as a potherb in Sweden. It was also used as an herbal remedy to induce sweating and stop bleeding. Some herb companies will sell you a packet of seeds to plant, calling it "Purple Archangel." Shouldn't this be illegal?
Back about 15 years ago, I was in Marquette, MI for my 25th HS class reunion, and went to Art on the Rocks. There I met Wendy and Marvin Hill and purchased a number of Marvin's amazing prints, including A New Leaf (1/1) . I framed this print and hung it where I could look at it every day. And now it's in my sidebar.
Question: Does "1/1" mean that Marvin broke the mold after he made this print?