||Caution: Stings! Although irritating the sting is rarely dangerous.
plant, 1 to 4 feet tall. Stems bristly with
stinging hairs. Leaves not opposite each other,
egg-shaped, toothed, 3 to 6 inches long, with long stalks.
Flowers tiny, white in
crowded, branching clusters. Blooms in late summer. Fruits tiny, greenish.
Plant of moist woodlands. Occasional on the western
slope of the Park.
Tiny white or green flowers in crowded branching clusters are
typical of nettles. Wood nettle is the only one with
leaves that are alternate (not opposite). Stinging hairs
are also a good clue if you accidentally should touch the stem.
Clearweed is also found in
woodlands, but has distinctive opposite leaves and no stinging
hairs. Stinging nettle prefers more open
areas and also has opposite leaves.