Common Names stinging nettle
Flower Color Green
Plant Type Forb
Location McCall and many locations
Weed Can be
Stinging Nettle is a perennial that spreads by seed or rhizomes. They establish best in forested areas with a lot of moisture. It grows to be various heights depending on the amount of sun that reaches the plant, but usually will not get more than 3 m tall. The leaves grow in opposite arrangements up a slender green stem that was at one time used for making fishing nets. Most people who hike through the woods will experience the itchy white reaction from the formic acid. When a hand is brushed up against the hollow hairs on the leaf surface the acid is injected into the skin, but can be counter reacted by rubbing a backing soda and water mixture on it. Another way to counteract the acid is to find some Curled Dock (Rumex creispus), which grows in the same environment, crush some of the leaves in your hands and rub it on the itchy areas.
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