You Little Prick!

Stinging Nettle

Quite an innocent looking plant isn’t it? This is one of those cases where looks can be very decieving. This cute and innocent plant is a stinging nettle and just a slight brushing of the little bugger hurts like a bitch for hours and you are left with a nice little rash for a couple of days.

According to Wikipedia there are five varieties of this plant… none native to Australia so why are both the front and back lawns of my home covered in them.

On the up-side, the dogs don’t seem to give a damn about them, Adam happily runs over them with no problem at all.

The thing that really sucks is that we are one stage 3A water restrictions, which in effect means we can’t do much to wipe out an entire yard full of these as we can’t use any spray methods. Instead we opted for granual weed and feed, hoping the rain will come again in the next few days to assist with its distribution to the root of the plants.

According to the Wikipedia entry, the stinging nettle is covered in tiny glass-like filements which are easily broken allowing three chemicals to mix on the skin causing the pain and irritation. As with most things that sting humans (like jellyfish) you can pee on the affected area to give releif – gross!

5 thoughts on “You Little Prick!”

  • ROFL, Hoe… Should have shown a pic of the whole lawn rather than just the one plant. I’d be hoing the whole lawn to get rid of them all. So nope didn’t use the hoe.

  • Here’s some ROFL material:
    check out http://www.wildeye.co.uk/stinging-nettles/uses.html

    “101 Uses for Stinging Nettles”

    Nutrients contained in nettle: Iron, manganese, potassium, silica, sulphur, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
    NOTE: Nettle is an excellent remedy for anemia — their vitamin content ensures that the iron they contain is properly absorbed.

    Nettle Soup
    1 medium onion
    3 to 4 cloves garlic
    3 potatoes
    Olive oil
    Large handful of washed nettle
    leaves (1/4 to 1/2 lb) 1 chicken bouillon cube
    1/2 pint half-and-half
    2 Tbsp chives
    Salt & pepper to taste

    Peel and chop the onion, garlic, and potatoes. In a large saucepan, cover the bottom with a little olive oil and sauté the vegetables for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

    Using gloves, trim the nettle leaves from the stems. Add them to the saucepan. Then make stock with the bouillon cube and 1-1/2 pints of boiling water. Add the stock to the saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. Continue to boil for 15 minutes, uncovered. Add the contents of the pan to a blender. Add the half-and-half. Blend until the mixture is a thick soup. Turn into serving bowl, add the chives and salt and pepper. Serve.

    Yum, yum.

  • Thanks SZ, always looking on the brighter side of things aren’t you :P

    There is no way I could eat Nettle Soup, not after being stung by the little blighters.

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