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Plant Identification: SOLVED: What is this stinging weed?!

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spaceman_spiff

spaceman_spiff
Saint Petersburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2005
10:05 PM

Post #1523825

I have no desire to cultivate this, but am curious as to what this plant is. I have encountered it here in weedy open areas on the Gulf Coast area of mid-Florida (zone 9b), especially in local cemeteries during Memorial Day weekend. If you happen to touch it or brush it with your foot or toe, it stings almost as strong as a bee sting. The first couple of times I encountered it I kept thinking fire ants had gotten on me! The pain goes away after a few minutes, but it's still a real annoyance. I presume it blooms, but I don't have any shots of the flowers, only the seed pods. Just curious what it is. (Will post a couple more photos after this one). Thanks.

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spaceman_spiff

spaceman_spiff
Saint Petersburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2005
10:07 PM

Post #1523832

Another shot of same plant.

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spaceman_spiff

spaceman_spiff
Saint Petersburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2005
10:08 PM

Post #1523839

One more shot of same plant.

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TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2005
11:31 PM

Post #1524003

Stinging nettle (Cnidoscolus stimulosus). I had to look that one up to get the spelling right!
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/2751/index.html

spaceman_spiff

spaceman_spiff
Saint Petersburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 6, 2005
3:28 AM

Post #1524616

Thanks, Tom. That's it!! I've actually heard of Stinging Nettle before, but never knew what it looked like. (Now, I know what it feels like, too!) Thanks again!
angele

June 6, 2005
3:38 AM

Post #1524645

I very stupidly touched one of these to take a picture of it. My hand stung for hours. I made a baking soda paste and slathered my hand in it and finally got some relief. I think I'll remember that lesson.

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