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yanner13
Ontario
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Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:27 pm   Post subject: What is this weed? Hurts when you touch it


I bought new black soil and put it in my garden. This weed came through a lot. I assume it was seeds in the soil so I'm unsure if it's native here but I'm in Ontario, Canada. I pulled some without gloves and it hurt BAD. I've pulled raspberries and other prickly plants and they only hurt for a couple seconds where as thing hurt for around 24 hours. It was like i got stung by an insect. There are very small prickles on the stem. WHAT IS IT???







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toni


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North Texas, Zone 8a
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Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:44 pm   


Probably
Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle)

Yep, they hurt like mad for several hours. Aloe applied generously and often helps that, probably some Calahist from the drug store will too, I think CVS will have it.

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marlingardener
Central Texas, zone 8
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Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:30 pm   


Yanner,
So sorry you got introduced to stinging nettle! It is a horrid plant, as you now know.
In future, if you don't have thick gloves on, use two sticks or better yet, a pair of kitchen tongs to pull it.
Here in Texas we have a lot of fully armed vegetation, and I have a pair of long kitchen tongs as a tool in my gardening bag. Sure come in handy!

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Palustris


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Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:47 pm   


You could always eat it, or make Beer fromit or even cloth!.
We have a garden full of them, the seeds blow in from the surrounding fields. Been stung so many times now that we do not get the charateristic little bumps any more, but the pain is best described as severe and it lasts over 24 hours. And despite trying every cure ever suggested by anyone at all, nothing works to remove it or stop it or reduce it.

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mart
NE Texas
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Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:08 pm   


We have something here that is a similarly objectionable plant called bull nettle. Stings like the dickens. Try this for relief from the sting,,Mix a couple of teaspoons of any papaya based meat tenderizer, (Adolfs is good) and about 1/4 cup milk. Mix into a paste and rub on sting. Also works for insect stings. This paste neutralizes the venom of bees and other stings. I think it would also work on the nettle. My old family doctor always recommended it. As long as you were not acutely allergic to the venom or plant.

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yanner13
Ontario
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Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:22 pm   


Thank you all, I will know how to deal with it now

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KK Ng

Malacca, Malaysia.
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Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:35 pm   


OMG!! What a terrible weed. Now I feel really lucky having to deal with nut grass. Laughing

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