This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Stinging nettle
- Edible Plants, Poisonous Plants
- Perennial, erect herb with stinging hairs; leaves opposite, simple, coarsely toothed, narrowly heart-shaped; flowers small, greenish, in axillary clusters.
- USA, NC
- Poison Part:
- Stinging hairs on stems and leaves
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Intense burning and itching sensation lasting a few minutes
- EDIBLE PARTS: Young shoots HARVEST TIME: Only collect young shoots from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides. Collect the young shoots in the spring. Wear gloves while collecting shoots. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Soak young shoots in warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Place young shoots in boiling, salted water (with a pair of kitchen tongs) and boil for five minutes. Serve as a vegetable or add to soups. The stinging quality disappears after cooking.
- Toxic Principle:
- Mixture of chemicals, not well understood
- SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area at edge of woods; weedy in disturbed areas and wasteplaces, roadsides
NCCES plant id: 1191