Small Nettle - Urtica urens

Alt Name
Annual Nettle

Short to medium plant with weakly stinging hairs, the leaves more coarsely toothed than U. dioica and the lower leaves shortly stalked, not long stalked. Male and female flowers on the same plant, many female and few male, in ascending spikes.

Photo ID?

Cultivated, waste and disturbed ground, gardens.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain, especially in the east.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 267 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map