Reddish Vale Country Park
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The White Deadnettle is a perennial weed of hedgebanks and roadsides.
Very common in the south but rare in the north of Scotland and southern Ireland.
Grows to a height of 50cm.
White Deadnettle is also known as White Archangel.
It is said that nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning.
Turkeys and other poultry are said to thrive on nettles, and groung dried nettle in chicken feed will increase egg production.
Nettles are reputed to dispell a fever by plucking a nettle by the roots while reciting the name of the sick person.
Fabric woven of nettle fibre has been found in burial sites dating back to the Bronze age.
Milarepa, a great Tibetan ascetic and saint, was reputed to have survived his decades of solitary meditation by subsisting on nothing but nettles; his hair turned green and he lived to the age of 83.