<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Stinging Nettle

 

 
Stinging Nettle
 

 

If in any doubt about the identification of the plant, simply touching a Stinging Nettle will confirm that you are correct! Painful to humans, maybe, but to the caterpillars of Peacock or Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, it is a delicacy.

The flowers are tiny, greenish with yellow anthers (pollen producing parts), forming thin catkins, appearing during summer and early autumn. The plants can be found in waste places, waysides, generally shady places and in urban areas. They can be a good indicator of nitrogen-rich soil.

 

 

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