Henbit is a weed. So?

I first saw Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Henbit at Powell Garden 20150406_134746on a visit to Powell Gardens.  I thought it was gorgeous.  I still think so.  Then I started to see it everywhere, in every field.  It is a  self-sowing annual, and in farm fields I’m sure it is regarded as quite pernicious—though since it appears year after year, I suspect nobody has any idea how to eradicate it.

And I realize that I don’t really want to eradicate it.

There are areas in my garden which are still in planning stages.  I’m slowly improving the soil, adding compost, helping to make beds that my designed plants will succeed in.

And every year I get a bumper crop of Henbit.  And I try to kill it.  And I fail, just like everybody else.

So I took another look…and I have now decided to incorporate it into the plans.  I will seed with mini-clover, and those beds will—until I get them properly planted—look tended rather than weedy.  And the clover will improve the soil as well.  I will remove all the other weeds, but the henbit?  Why?

I still think it is gorgeous.  I may even make a stake labelling it!  So there!

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