100 Days Project

Jacinda: Inkweed

100 black ink drawings of common New Zealand garden weeds (plants found growing where they are not wanted). The drawings, made on A4 paper, will loosely depict the plants' essential characteristics. Where possible I will identify them using the Massey University Weed Database and other online sources. On completion I will output all the drawings as one large poster on photorag paper.

Day 54:

Red dead nettle 2 (in bloom)

Botanical name: Lamium purpureum
Family name: Lamiaceae

Red dead-nettle is a relatively small annual weed found in gardens and crops in most parts of New Zealand. It can grow throughout the year though is found more commonly at cooler times of the year. It doesn't sting people despite having the word "nettle" within its name, which presumably comes from the leaves looking vaguely similar to nettle if looked at from a distance with poor eye-sight. Red dead-nettle tends to sprawl rather than grow upright. (Massey Uni Weeds Database)

Growing through the fence from a neighbour's garden. Listed as an edible weed on Julia's Edible Weeds website.