Small Nettle - Urtica urens

    Alternative names
    Annual Nettle

    Short to medium plant with weakly stinging hairs, the leaves more coarsely toothed than U. dioica and the lower leaves shortly stalked, not long stalked. Male and female flowers on the same plant, many female and few male, in ascending spikes.

    Similar Species

    Urtica dioica

    Identification difficulty
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    Annual.  Usually smaller and more compact than Common Nettle (although this is very variable in size) with more jaggedly toothed leaves; terminal leaf-tooth about as long as adjacent laterals (terminal leaf-tooth is longer in common nettle)


    Cultivated, waste and disturbed ground, gardens.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain, especially in the east.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 267 of the 617 tetrads.

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