Repost: As of March 16, 2010 the Henbit are going strong, with the Purple Dead Nettle just starting to emerge. Looks like we are a week behnd last year in growth patterns.
Also known as: Multi-stories (mine), Giraffe Head, Llama head (mine).
Henbit is one of those things that never seems to go fully away. I have seen Henbit sprigs in the muck of a January winter, and they are one of the first blooms to announce themselves upon our lawns. Some folks call them weeds, but I have always thought of them as crushable flowers. (i.e. the kind we walk on, and discover to our great delight.)
Henbit can be seen in great purple patches, and are often found in the presence of at least one thing which is not Henbit, Purple Dead-nettle (Red Dead-nettle) Lamiumpurpureum . Both Henbit and Purple-Dead Nettle produce a similar flower and are part of the Mint family. They often claim the same territory. When I first encountered the later I thought it to be an alternate season growth of the Henbit.
That which is not Henbit:
Purple Dead (or Red-Dead) Nettle.
(You can also see some in the big Henbit patch at top of page.)
NOTE: ID AR is now largely defunct. Flickr, Youtube, and Google Plus have taken over my photo world. I am keeping this here as a repository, and to help ME find the names of things.... So enjoy, but not much new here.
Welcome to ID Arkansas, your slowly growing identification guide to the weeds, trees, plants, wildflowers, flowers, flora and fauna of Arkansas, by the very debonair photographer, Kirk Jordan. (I had to say all those things for search engines).
My goal for this site is to blend science and asthetics in such a way that we might see, name, and delight in the things which God has made -- through artful yet highly-descriptive photographs. As for content, I am an amateur naturalist at best, and will readily take your corrections, additions, or submissions. Consider this a shared project. (And where you see incomplete posts and errors, consider the photographer way too busy!)
The dates on this site may or may not reflect the actual post dates (or photo dates). I plan to monkey with the dates by year, so that current blooming things display near top.
Beyond that, the SEARCH box in the upper-left corner, or the lables list below may help you find a specific thing. Try common names, colors, or other descriptive words to see if you find a match.
Unless otherwise noted, all pictures on this site are copywrited by photographer Kirk Jordan. If you wish to "borrow" a picture here or there for your non-commercial blog, you may do so with appropriate credit and link info.
Students and teachers may likewise use pictures for presentations (Credit: Kirk Jordan, ID Arkansas). In as much as these are low resolution scans, they make for pretty poor prints. I would gladly sell you a fine print at a reasonable price. For more info, contact Kirk at