WHITE DEAD NETTLE (‘Lamium album’)

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A perennial herb of the family of sedges, which is widely found in gardens, hedgerows, bushes and roadsides in Latvia. 
The height of the stem of the white dead nettle is 30–70 centimeters, the root is creeping. The leaves are oblong-ovate with a heart-shaped base, covered with sparse hairs; up to 6.5 cm long and 3.5 cm wide, edges serrated, tip pointed. White flowers bloom from May to October.
White dead nettle is a medicinal plant. Flowers and stems are collected as drugs during the flowering. White dead nettle biologically active substances have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, astringent, bleeding-stopping and tonic effects. They stimulate uterine contractions and lower blood sugar levels.