Urticaceae (Nettle) Family
False Nettle is also known as Bog Hemp and Small-Spike.
Plant is a perennial with stinging hairs; occasionally reaching heights of 3-4 feet. Preferred habitat is moist or wet soils and in flood zones. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; oval to lance-like; strongly toothed margins and bearing three main veins; up to six inches long and three inches wide on long leaf stalk; rough and hairy.
Flowers are in small lax clusters on long spikes originating from the leaf axil; whitish, small; bisexual; translucent. Four sepals and four stamens. Flowering occurs from early summer to mid-autumn.
Fruit is a flat achene that may be hidden in the sepal tube.