Nettle Confirmation

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  1. 4ager

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    Can someone confirm if this plant is a stinging nettle? It has a hollow stem and a milky white substance.
     

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    That's not the stinging nettle I'm familiar with, Urtica dioica. Does it sting when you brush it across your skin?
     
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    I didn't try to get stung as I had nothing with me to subdue the sting.
    Can someone tell me where to find a nettle patch in Vancouver?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not a stinging nettle. Milky sap (in this case, with alternate leaves) implies a member of the aster family. If you search for stinging nettle on the forums, there was a recent discussion about locations.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Lapsana communis.
     
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    As I remember Lapsana does not have milky sap.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I have seen the sap many times. It wouldn't surprise me if the tradition of using it for women's breasts was prompted by its appearance.
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Stressing all my imagination, I could not find any resemblance of the Lapsana buds to the nipples, as Wikipedia suggests.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not tested it personally, but I'd not be surprised if it varies with the time of year / condition of the plant, with milky sap from soft, fast-growing plants in spring, but not from senescent post-flowering plants in late summer or autumn.
     
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    I found these this morning. It's only about a few inches high. It looks like the nettle on Google images. Can someone confirm? Thank you!
     

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    Now you're cooking with nettles...
     
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    YAY, FINALLY!, I have found the Nettle. Thanks for the confirmation Woodschmoe. Not sure if I want to eat it. Just wanted to know if it was Nettle.
     
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    Hi Daniel. I am not able to locate the lost that listed the locations. Could you please direct me to the post or repost? Thank you!
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not sure, I don't remember what was going on in my head a couple days ago, never mind a couple months. Here's a search for [SEARCH]nettle[/SEARCH], I guess it might be the one titled "Stinging Nettles Wanted".
     

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