All of a sudden our backyard is full of a weed named Purple Dead Nettle or in Latin, lamium purpureum. At first I thought it was the Henbit weed since Mike Miller on KMOX had a lot of calls to his garden hotline about this yesterday. But, no, we have the Dead Nettle which is in the same family as the Henbit and both are relatives of mint. In any event it's horrible how much we have. It seems this weed arrives in early spring and dies away when the temperature rises. But, they aren't gone, they disappear but leave many seeds behind which lay in the ground until the next spring when they pop up again.
Here is a picture of ours, they love to find a home in open areas of bare soil which we have in the back where we plant summer flowers. But they also take off in lawns too.
Their stems are kind of square-ish rather than rounded.
So what to do? There are too many to stay bent over yanking them out. My plan is to weed whack them down a bit and then spray the heck out of them. The oddest thing I've seen is from a website called Eating Green which encourages us to actually eat these weeds. "The entire plant is edible. The flavor is very mild, grassy - you can eat it stem and all, or pluck off the leafy tops. The leaves are covered in a dense hairy down - and this can take away some from the mild flavor. However you get used to it quickly." "One great way to eat large quantities of this plant is to blend it into a smoothie."
Sorry back to nature man, we'll skip this part of the Dead Nettle.