||Low plant, usually under a foot tall. Stem
square in cross-section. Leaves opposite each other,
egg-shaped to lance-shaped, sometimes with a few teeth.
Lower leaves long stalked. Usually two very narrow leaves
(actually bracts) underneath the flowerhead. Flowers
purple, irregular, with large upper and lower lips and two small
side petals, in dense spikes. Leaves, bracts and sepals of
flowers often tinged purplish.
Although native, a very common
weed of lawns, fields, gardens, roadsides and waste places.
In Wildwood. common along the bike way and Wildwood Drive.
At first glance, could be confused with gill-over-the-ground
and purple dead-nettle, but these species are lower, bloom
earlier, and have heart-shaped, scalloped leaves.