Plant ID forum: Help ID this plant

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katfern
Jun 1, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Hi Garden Forum,

I'm on the hunt for wild nettles around Portland, Maine, and found this plant out in the woods of Gorham.

Can someone identify this? Any chance it's nettles?

Has anyone ever been wild nettle foraging before?

Thank you!
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gasrocks
Jun 1, 2016 5:02 PM CST
Tell us what happened when you grabbed it. Gene
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sooby
Jun 1, 2016 5:31 PM CST
Welcome! katfern. It isn't a nettle. It reminds me of a Geum but I'm not 100% sure. This is one example.

http://www.saskwildflower.ca/nat_Geum%20aleppicum.html

A stinging nettle would typically have simple leaves and a square stem. It would be a good idea to transfer this thread to the Plant ID forum, I will put in a request.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 1, 2016 7:10 PM CST
Welcome to Garden.org @katfern !

I've never been "wild nettle foraging," but I've definitely grabbed onto my share of nettles thinking they were some innocent weed... owie! Hilarious!

There are quite a few photos of stinging nettle here on the plant database: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
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JRsbugs
Jun 2, 2016 6:20 AM CST
There's a flower bud in the last photo, top left.

There are Geraniums with leaves similar to this, but the flower bud speaks Potentilla to me.

You will know when the flowers open, the bud almost looks like a rose bud and Potentilla is in Rosaceae.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=geranium+joy&biw=1061&bih=...

As Sue said, it reminds me of Wood Avens which I have, Geum urbanum but not quite the same and that is also in Rosaceae.

http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/wood-avens

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=urbanum&source=lnms&tbm=is...

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JRsbugs
Jun 2, 2016 6:27 AM CST
Look at Geum aleppicum ..

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/geum/aleppicum/?...

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?st...

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