Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule, is a member of the Mint family Lamiaceae. It is a non-native plant in the U. S. that has spread to many places around the world from its Mediterranean origins. It appears in lawns in 48 of the 50 states in the U.S.
It likes cool, moist conditions and in Texas it is the first colorful thing that appears in the beige colored landscape that is wintertime Texas.
This little plant returns each year from the seeds produced by last year’s crop. Some folks spend lots of money for chemicals to control this plant but, it’s only going to be around until the weather warms up, and like I said, it gives some color to the dull, drab lawn. Plus, it provides nectar for any of the bugs that are awake.
Around my place, I just enjoy the color of the tiny purple flowers and know that the first mow of the season will add a little extra mulch to the lawn.