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Nettles - not.

 
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Hey, found these growing up against my barn, in between some azaleas. They sure look like nettles to me, but I am not 100% sure. Can anyone confirm or properly identify for me? THanks

 
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Looks more like something in the amaranth family than nettles to me.  Do they sting your hands if you touch them?  


Urtica dioica  
 
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To me, they look to be the wrong colour and not nearly deeply-serrated enough. 😊
 
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Craig Dobbson wrote:Looks more like something in the amaranth family than nettles to me.  Do they sting your hands if you touch them?  


Urtica dioica  



The hairs are very fine, they do not sting. But there is a variety of nettles that are not stinging I believe, I think I read that somewhere. Maybe they are some perennial flower the previous owner of this property planted there. I just thought they looked awfully close to a nettle. I don't know. I am located in Taylorsville KY, maybe that might help?

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palmers amaranth looks really close.  It reminds me very much of the giant clumps of redroot pigweed (another amaranth) that grow here.  

If you let it grow to flower, then you'll know for sure.
 
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I'm going out on a limb and suggesting these are in the mint family, not amaranth. The leaves are perfectly opposed. Is the stem square? Possibly monarda... Will know when it flowers.
 
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Tj Jefferson wrote:I'm going out on a limb and suggesting these are in the mint family, not amaranth. The leaves are perfectly opposed. Is the stem square? Possibly monarda... Will know when it flowers.



Thanks for the suggestion, I will look at the stems later when I get home. Thanks!
 
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I was thinking Monarda too. If you brush the leaf, is there a strong oregano smell?
 
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Don't look anything like nettles to me, even some non-stinging variety or Dead nettle (Lamium and Lamiastrum species).  ID'ing wild plants is part of my job.  Stuff on other continents can throw my instincts off, but I'm sure as I can be those are not nettles as I understand them!
 
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Definitely not either of stinging or dead nettle.
 
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Not the Urticara that I have in my garden. Similar presentation certainly but the identifying details are off. I also lean towards some form of plant in the monarda or bergamot family. Either way, healthy as heck and a good source of biomass!
 
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Tj Jefferson wrote:I'm going out on a limb and suggesting these are in the mint family, not amaranth. The leaves are perfectly opposed. Is the stem square? Possibly monarda... Will know when it flowers.



THE STEMS ARE SQUARE. YOU NAILED IT.
 
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Tj Jefferson wrote: Will know when it flowers.



That too!  Always much easier with flowers.
 
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Salvia might be another line of investigation.
 
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something monarda, there are a few of them.
 
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