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Stinging Nettle A burning experience


October 15, 2020

Courtesy Mike Heath

Left is stinging nettle six weeks after planting. Right is stinging nettle four weeks after harvest.

Stinging Nettle could easily be called a Prince among weeds. Not a very illustrious title, but it fits. If you've ever come in contact with the plant then you've experienced the burning, stinging affect that it has on human skin. It can be much more than just irritating. Then if you've ever tried to get rid of a patch of stinging nettle you realize just how tough and persistent, color that word to mean invasive, it is. On the other hand, if you've used stinging nettle for it's health benefits you have an entirely different opinion of the plant. Like I say, a Prince among weeds.

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