The common or stinging nettle is one of the British Isles most widespread and successful plants. It is characteristic of damp, nutrient-rich soils, but can colonise a wide range of other habitats.
Our ancestors used nettles as
and some of these uses are being revived today. In the British Isles it was widely thought that beating limbs with nettles would relieve rheumatic pains. At present research is being carried out into the use of nettles to cure arthritis.
The common, or stinging, nettle is
Discover more about the characteristic features of the common or stinging nettle.
The common, or stinging nettle is one of the British Isles most widespread and successful plants. Find out more about the habitats in which the stinging nettle thrives.
Stinging nettles have been used as food, for textiles and as medicine. Discover more about the way nettles were used and how some of these practices are being revived today.
Urtica diocia stinging nettle leaf.© F Vincentz
Urtica diocia stinging nettle.© F Vincentz
Urtica diocia stinging nettles in the wild.© F Vincentz
Male flower of Urtica diocia the stinging nettle.© F Vincentz
Fruit of Urtica diocia the stinging nettle.© F Vincentz
Female flowers of Urtica diocia the stinging nettle.
A cluster of Urtica dioica stinging nettle plants.© N Barbieri
Urtica diocia stinging nettle hairs.©