Stinging Nettle

Pictured here is the Stinging Nettle plant.  It may be hard to see in the picture, but the stems and leaves of this plant are covered with thousands of stingers which look a bit like hairs.  By simply brushing this plant, you will receive and intense jolt of stinging pain, similar to getting fire ant bites, but within minutes the pain changes to numbness which can last for hours.  Usually this plant is encountered when hiking through the woods in shorts while not paying close attention.  On the positive side, when boiled, stinging nettle can be eaten like greens and when dried it makes a great tea.  Drinking the tea is supposed to be good for arthritis.



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