Henbit

It has a funny name, and is considered a weed, but I think it’s kinda pretty. It’s a winter annual, meaning the seeds germinate in the fall, lie dormant all winter, and then bloom in the spring.

It’s a member of the mint family and is edible. In our area it is found blooming in the early spring alongside the road or more commonly in farm fields.

The plant grows as large as 15 inches tall, but the flowers are tiny, only about a quarter inch long.

As for the funny name, apparently chickens like the taste of it, hence, hen bit.