from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of labiate plants of the genus Lamium, the leaves of which resemble those of the nettle, though they do not sting.


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  • There is also a small nymph, which is black and cream, and an adult pied shieldbug, which is black and white: it is as if it is watching over its offspring – tiny orange-coloured nymphs that are in the flowers of the white dead-nettle.

    Country diary: East Yorkshire

  • They are among the earliest of bees on the wing in spring, waiting only for plants such as lungwort and red dead-nettle to come into flower.

    Country Diary: Blissford, New Forest

  • On either side of this bridge, vehicles were drawn over to the strip of white dead-nettle that served as the verge.

    In the Presence of the Enemy

  • White dead-nettle had scattered its blossoms in tiny petals around its roots, as though presaging winter™s snow.


  • They were now on the high uplands by the coast, driving between the beautiful banks, which were starred with primroses and stitchwort and red dead-nettle and a dozen other bright and tender-hued firstlings of the year.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 85, January, 1875

  • This year has been remarkable for two plants so far, a sort of varnished green ground-weed, with a small white flower, and a dull crimson dead-nettle; both of them have covered the ground in places in huge patches.

    The Silent Isle

  • The family of the labiates seems to be essentially rich in terminal pelories, as for instance in the wild sage or _Salvia_ and the dead-nettle or _Lamium_.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • With _Lamium maculatum_ or spotted dead-nettle, the affinity is so close that even Bentham united the two in a single species, considering the ordinary dead-nettle only as a variety of the dappled purple type.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • Another instance may be quoted; it has been pointed out by Grant Allen, and refers to the dead-nettle or Lamium album.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • Passing up the Lauterbrünnen valley, I came upon some wild raspberries and quantities of the fine, large-flowered sage, _Salvia glutinosa_, with its yellow flowers, in shape like those of the dead-nettle, but much bigger.

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