Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Common Nettle
Urtica dioica
of the Nettle family
a perennial
50 -150 cm high
blooms June - September
likes meadows, fields, cultivated and waste ground
can be seen extensively throughout the Park.





   
Man has always had a love-hate relationship with the Stinging or Common nettle. Many a child has suffered the punishment for rubbing against the plant, and many a gardener and farmer have cursed it's all-pervasive habits. However, man has also put nettles to good use. They have been used to make nettle tea and eaten as a vegetable. Their fibres have been used to make cloth. They have even been used as a treatment for rheumatism. More recently during World War Two they were used as a source of chlorophyll - a chemical used in the making of drugs.