A strange name for today's blog entry and one which refers to the subject, the Common (or stinging) Nettle (Urtica dioica).
Anyone who has ever been stung by these misanthropic plants will know how painful it can be. Looking closely at the stem of a nettle, it becomes clear why.
Despite all the negatives, Nettles are an essential part of the countryside, providing the food for (sometimes exclusively), many different moth and butterfly species. The best known of these is the Peacock butterfly.