Common Nettle - Urtica dioica

Alternative names
Stinging Nettle

Medium to tall vigorous often patch forming plant, with stout stolons and square stems. Leaves opposite, heart shaped to lanceolate, toothed and armed with stinging hairs. Terminal leaf-tooth longer than the lateral ones. Male and female flowers, greenish on separate plants. Male in long drooping catkin like spikes, female in small clusters.

Identification difficulty

Almost anywhere.

When to see it

Flowering June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Abundant throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Abundant in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 607 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map