Broadleaf Weed – Purple Deadnettle

(Lamium purpureum)

Purple Deadnettle – also referred to as Red Deadnettle and Red Henbit – is a winter annual broadleaf weed. Preferring rich, fertile soils, Lamium purpureum is often found in fallow fields, along the banks of ditches and drainage canals, in gardens and nursery plots, the weedy edges of woodlands, and in various kinds of waste ground. Purple Deadnettle thrives throughout much of North America.

Identifying Purple Deadnettle -

Purple Deadnettle flowers in early spring. The upper leaves and square stem are conspicuously red, growing on short petioles. The lower leaves are more triangular, less deeply lobed, and grow on long petioles.

Blooming from April through October, Purple Deadnettle flowers are light purple in color and are arranged in whorls, forming in the axis of the upper leaves. Reproduction is by seeds.

Purple Deadnettle Control -

Although a thick, healthy turf will reduce competition from Purple Deadnettle in your lawn, it can’t be completely removed using simple cultural weed control methods. Professionally applied herbicides are the best way to ensure the weed is completed eradicated.

Broadleaf Weed - Purple Deadnettle

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Purple Deadnettle 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 Purple Deadnettle control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.