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Urtica chamaedryoides

Urtica chamaedryoides
heartleaf nettle

Common name heartleaf nettle
Family urticaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers green-white
Size 12-24"
Light sun-shade

The first stinging nettle weed that I've encountered in my years of gardening (first in Pennsylvania, and now in Texas), heartleaf nettle is native to the southeastern US, where it prefers moist areas. Growing up in the Netherlands, I was keenly attuned to the tall-growing stinging nettles that predominate there – but I was unprepared for the sting delivered by the much lower-growing weed that appeared in my Texas garden. It will reportedly grow a good bit taller than that six-inch-high, sprawling plant, but I don't intend to keep it around long enough for it to attain its mature stature.
This is an annual plant whose insignificant greenish-white flowers are wind-pollinated. So I'd better remove it before it seeds itself all around!

This is a weed in our garden

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