Small nettle

Urtica urens

Annual nettle, Burning nettle


Often found in vegetables, especially brassicas. Prefers friable rich soils - common on fens.

Small nettle - young1. Small, oval and slightly hairy cotyledons, which are notched at the apex.
Small nettle 22. First true leaves are coarsely toothed with pointed indentations. Oval in outline, with stinging hairs.


Small nettle - mature3. An upright branching annual with clusters of small green flowers.