Broadleaf Weed – Henbit

(Lamium amplexicaule)

Henbit – also referred to as Dead Nettle, Henbit Deadnettle, Blind Nettle, and Bee Nettle – is a winter annual broadleaf weed. Preferring cool, moist areas, Lamium amplexicaule commonly grows in fields, pastures, gardens, nursery plots, turf areas, waste areas, and along the edges of yards and buildings. Although Henbit prefers cooler areas, it is more common in warm-season than cool-season turf. It can be found throughout most of North America.

Identifying Henbit -

Henbit can be identified as a winter annual that branches at the base. Mature stems are square, green to purple in color, nearly hairless, ascending at the tip. Its leaves are palmately veined and the upper leaves encircle the stem at the base. In the flowering portions, stem internodes are shorter and the leaves can look whorled. Henbit has a fibrous root system.

Blooming from February through November, Henbit produces whorls of 6 to 12 tube shaped flowers. Purple to pink in color, the upper lip of each flower is shaped like a hood while the lower lip hangs downward.

Henbit Control -

Henbit is highly competitive in lawns with thin turf – especially in shady areas. Cultural weed control practices are not enough to remove the this pest once it is established in a lawn or landscaping area.


Sotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Henbit in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

Scotts LawnService is the trusted industry leader for professional quality lawn care. Our exclusive lawn care products include premium grass seeds and professional-grade fertilizers; our lawn service teams consist of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Henbit control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.