“Tread Softly,” Stinging Nettle

It’s always a good idea to tread softly in nature, especially near this Florida native plant. Stinging Nettle, nick-named Tread Softly, blooms beautiful in summer, but packs a sting.

This Stinging Nettle (Cnidoscolus stimulosus) grew low under amid sand pines in Seacrest Scrub Natural Area. The perennial herb is covered with stinging hairs which will produce a painful rash lasting for about an hour. Other Common Names: Spurge Nettle, Bull-nettle, Finger-rot, Tread Softly, Treadsoftly.

This native herb grows in scrub and sand scrub habitats, and this one is the first I’ve seen at Seacrest Scrub Natural Area–the highest-elevation scrub preserve in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

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