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Urtica dioica

Common Names: Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle
Urtica dioica
Urtica dioica

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Urtica
Species: Urtica dioica

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Stinging nettle has toothed, hear-shapped leaves. The stem is hallow, four-sided, and covered in stinging hairs.

Habitat & Range

Stinging nettle is found along trail-sides, in forests, and wet areas. They are native to Eurasia, but found throughout much of North America.


CAUTION: The stinging hairs of this plant cause a burning feeling when touched.

Life Cycle

The flowers of this plant are tiny, and hang in clusters at the leaf axils. They are in bloom from June through September.

Stinging nettle is perennial.

Featured image by James Dake.


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