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Lamium amplexicaule

Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule, © by Michael Plagens

Observed along Sycamore Creek at 600 m elevation in the western foothills of the Mazatzal Mts., Maricopa County, April 2010 when few flowers had yet opened.

FLOWERS: The pink to lavender flowers are born in clusters at the stem terminus and leaf axils where the opposite leaves are joined to form a cup. Bilaterally symmetrical with distinct wing petals.

ANNUAL: In the Sonoran Desert this plant is normally a low-growing herb appearing in spring and summer. The stems are square in cross section.

RANGE: This garden plant native to Eurasia can sometimes be found along riparian zones as an escape from cultivation.

LEAVES: The fan-shaped leaves have prominent veins and sculpturing and are in pairs, opposite on the stems.

FRUIT: Dry capsule has four triangular seeds.

UNARMED. Thornless.

Lamiaceae -- Mint Family

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