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Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica L.

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Found in:

  • Prairie and landscape plantings
  • Woodland edges and poorly maintained landscapes

Characteristics:

  • Light green, upright perennial
  • All parts of the leaves and stems are covered with long hairs
  • Stems are four-sided, ridged and grooved
  • Leaves are coarsely toothed or jagged along the edges
  • Leaves are opposite one another along stem
  • Fibrous root system has underground stems (rhizomes)
  • New plants can grow from rhizomes

Significance

  • Minnesota Invasive Weed that spreads rapidly
  • Long hairs on plant sting skin when touched
  • Wear protective clothing when hand pulling

Plants that look similar:

  • Creeping Bellflower (foliage)
  • Motherwort
  • Figwort (foliage)
  • White Snakeroot (foliage)
  • Wild Aster (foliage)

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