Lamiaceae (weeds)

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Lamium purpureum (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Open Media

Lamiaceae - (mint family)

This family contains more than 7,000 species of plants, mainly herbs and some shrubs. Many species are known for their fragrant leaves and attractive flowers. Several are cultivated (basil, mint, rosemary, etc.), but some are important agricultural weeds like henbit, Lamium amplexicaule, or purple deadnettle, L. purpureum.

The plants often have a hollow stem with a square shape and simple leaves. The flowers are characteristic, usually arranged in clusters and two-lipped, with petals fused into an upper and a lower lip. The fruits usually contain 4 nutlets.


The following genera are currently entered under this family: