Urtica
nettle
2 species
3 subspecies and varieties
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Urtica dioicastinging nettle
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: In deep, rich soil or near moisture, sagebrush deserts, shady lowlands and mountain slopes, sea level to subalpine.
Origin: Both native and introduced
Flowers: May-September
ssp. dioica – stinging nettle
ssp. gracilis – stinging nettle
ssp. holosericea – stinging nettle
Urtica urensburning nettle
Distribution: Introduced sparsely in western Washington; distributed throughout much of North America except parts of the Midwest and Intermountain West.
Habitat: Moist, disturbed soil.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: June-July