April 05, 2005
If my goddam camera was working, I'd take a few pictures of those fuckers in my yard. I searched Google, but all I could find was this shit, which is a west coast mutant nothing like what I see in southeast Georgia.
What we have here resembles a dandilion, with spikes all over it. They grow all over the place in sandy soil and they have a root that goes damn near a foot into the ground. And you better wear good, thick gloves if you every try to pull them up.
Step on or brush against one of those plants and you immediately experience the worst itch you ever had in your life. If you scratch it, it only gets worse and produces a red rash with little white blisters in it. I know that this is gonna sound nasty, but the only way I've ever found to counteract that sting is to piss on it, then dig up some wet dirt and pack it on the wound like a poultice. You'll be okay in about 15 minutes.
Some people down South call it "The Seven Year Itch," but I always called it a stinging nettle, and I've seen it drive a dog crazy before. I've got those fuckers all over my yard, expecially in my flower beds.
I don't like them and I intend to kill them all.
I find that a can of WD-40 and a zippo is quite apt at taming nature's practical jokes.
Or, more to the point: Kill it with fire.
Was it this stuff (smilax vines): http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/mbierner/bio406d/images/pics/smi/Smilax%20bona-nox%20leaf5.jpg
I spent all weekend pulling that crap off my fences and am still feeling the stings.
We have that shit up here in the north, too; just not quite as thick! It'll make you itch so bad your great grandkids will feel it!
No dude, not smilax vines. This plant has thorns on the edges of its leaves, big thick leaves. Nasty.
The ones in the Northwest you can eat after boiling - without changing the water. I don't reccommend applying Roundup to try to kill them to save the horses in the corral, though. I don't like horses that much. [The needles here are not damaging in themselves.]
I recall stinging nettles from my youth. I hated those things. I have only heard of pissing on the sting of a jellyfish, but whatever works...
Yep we got them fuckers here too. Try rubbing the wound with Jewel weed. It always grows close by.
Beer helps also. Drink several and you won't care about the itch.
Sounds like you have a patch of Rosie O'Donnell pubes sproutin' up in yer yard.
What you have in your yard is probably spurge nettle, also called tread softly. Go to www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4H/stinging nettle, it'll show you a picture and give you a description. Hang in there, buddy.
We used to have thick stands of that stuff growing in the lowlands of my parent's place when I was growing up. "Itchweed" is what we would call it.
If you mow it down regularly, it eventually gives up the ghost. That's how I got rid of it.
There are some crazy sorts that suggest you can cure backache and arthritis by brushing that stuff on the afflicted area. I'm convinced that it is just driving one nail out with another. Or maybe the rush of endorphins released in response to the sting is what gives relief from the other pains.
We have those stinging bastards here in Washington as well - it's a constant battle to keep them out of the wild fringes of my mother-in-law's property. Even with gloves, long sleeves, jeans, etc - the dang needles will come right through sometimes!
yeah yeah yeah ,,,you all got a cute little story about the plant ,anyone have any usefull info on how to kill the dam thing...let me know
The nettle plant is different than the one "acidman" is talking about theres the dandelions with spikes all over it then theres nettles. witch i agree they both suck.