small nettle


small nettle

Urtica urens

Scientific name

Urtica urens is a herbaceous annual flowering plant species in the nettle family Urticaceae. It is native to Eurasia and it can be found in North America and New Zealand as an introduced species. It is reputed to sting more strongly than the Common Nettle/Stinging Nettle.

In Europe, Urtica urens is one of the food plants of the small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae). In New Zealand it is also a food plant for the New Zealand red admiral butterfly (Bassaris gonerilla, syn. Vanessa gonerilla, syn. Papilio gonerilla), and the Australian/New Zealand yellow admiral butterfly (Vanessa itea).

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Image credit: H. Zell

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

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