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!