Stinging Nettle (Cnidoscolus stimulosus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 8 inches to 36 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Year round
Underground structures: Taproot
Resistances: Humidity tolerant


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 20, 2013 6:42 PM

Stinging Nettle is a perennial native that blooms year round here in Florida. The plant is covered in stinging hairs that release a caustic irritant. The leaf of Stinging Nettle resembles that of the maple tree. The hairy 3-5 lobed dark green leaves are up to 6 inches long and appear alternate on a hairy stem. The small star-shaped white flowers are 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide and are loosely clustered at the end of the stalk.

Stinging Nettle grows in dry sandy habitats of coastal areas, along roadsides, and in dry woodlands. Living up to one of its common names, "Tread Softly," the plant is covered with short, stinging hairs that, when brushed against, release an irritant that causes a painful burning sensation. Intense pain can last from one to a few hours, and extremely sensitive individuals may have a more severe reaction.

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