Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #5 Deadnettles

Two more early flowers you’ll find are white deadnettle, which is perennial, and its close relation the red deadnettle, an annual. Because they’re around by March and April when not many others are, they’re another plant very important to bees searching for food. Deadnettle flowers have long ‘throats’ so the bee species need long tongues, like bumblebees, to be able to reach the nectar at the base of the flower.

White Deadnettle

Deadnettles look a bit like true nettles which is where they got the name, but they are not actually nettles, in fact they’re not even related! Deadnettles are however related to mints, which you can tell by looking at their stems which are characteristically square-sided unlike any other family of plants.

Red Deadnettle

Red deadnettle; the “bumblebee flower” in Quarry Field.

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