Belongs to: flowers

Stinging nettle Urtica dioica

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

Stinging nettles are disliked by many, but are also food for several butterfly caterpillars

They like the fertile conditions created by man's activities, such as burial and agriculture

They are wind-pollinated and spread both by seed and by their long and tough yellow roots

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