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Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica L.

Urticaceae (Nettle Family)

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▲ colony of stinging nettle on farm in Wisconsin

Stinging Nettle:

·         creeping perennial with underground rhizomes; has opposite leaves with minute hairs which can “sting” when they contact skin; leaves light green

·         grows 2-5' tall, usually in colonies of unbranched slender, squarish stems, also with stinging hairs

·         found in moist, usually fertile soils, pastures, roadsides, along stream banks, non-crop areas

·         sting” can be painful if a lot of contact with hairs is made to both livestock and humans


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