Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is a winter annual with greenish to purplish, tender, square stems. It is found throughout most of South Carolina — most commonly in open, disturbed sites, but also in fields, along roadsides and most importantly for the consumer, in home lawns. It is commonly confused with a related species, purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum), another winter annual.

To learn how to identify henbit and the lawn conditions that encourage its growth as well as how to control it in the lawn, watch the video, Purple Deadnettle & Henbit Control in Lawns and see our fact sheet HGIC 2321, Henbit.

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