Saturday

Purple Deadnettle

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
~  Frederick Douglass

Continuing on with my attempt at wildflower identification.  I am pretty sure this one is Purple Deadnettle.  It wasn't in my wildflower ID book..... I think that's because it is considered a "weed".  So I struggled for - dare I admit it - 2 HOURS trying to figure it out.  And I also admit I felt TRIUMPHANT when I did (I sure hope I'm right)
    The bloom reminds me of a miniature orchid.  

Linking with Today's Flowers

16 comments:

Brian King said...

If it is a weed, it's one of the prettier ones I've seen! Love the color!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

I have a yard full of these beauties, but I am pretty sure it's called perilla mint, and it's an herb that I also eat in the summer.

Let me know if I am wrong!

MyMaracas said...

I think you're right. It looks exactly like the photo of "red dead nettle" in my own wildflower field book. Congrats on seeing the beauty of these common little weeds - I too think the flowers are as pretty as orchids.

TexWisGirl said...

really pretty color!

Country Girl said...

I've seen these a lot but have no idea what they are called. Pretty pic, though.

Juliana said...

book of quotes... treasures!

Have a great day!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Hilary said...

Very pretty. It's not often when both the bloom and the leaves offer beautiful colouring.

Happyone said...

That is so pretty. I like the way the colors fade into each other.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Weed or wildflower,it is pretty.

Self Sagacity said...

The little colors popping out from the leaves is a nice surprise. Pretty flower.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I think you're a brave person. There is just too much stuff in nature to learn.

I agree with Ruth, either way... it is pretty.

Cindy said...

Very beautiful!

guild-rez said...

Purple Dead Nettle is a member of the mint family,
Insects love the flowers.
Lovely pictures!!

Catherine said...

Whatever it is ~ it looks like spring to me Kerri! Pretty!
xo Catherine

Kathy said...

You've turned this into something very beautiful. I like to say that weeds are just flowers in their dress-up clothes.

DeniseinVA said...

I admire your perseverance Kerri in identifying this gorgeous wildflower, and thank you for sharing it with us. I learned something new today.

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