Gut Rumbles

April 05, 2005


This is it. That innocent looking plant can ruin your entire day.

Spurge nettle, (Cnidolscolus stimulosus), also known as "Tread-softly" is a perennial herb covered with stinging hairs, of southeastern North America. It is not a true nettle, as it is in the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family). It prefers sandy, well drained soil and mostly exists in pine/blackjack oak forests on sandhills, rims of Carolina bays, dunes, or ridges.

As the common names imply, the plant inflicts a painful sting to those who contact it with bare skin, and can cause serious reactions with some people.

THAT'S the bastard I was talking about!


You could send some of those pretty flowers to your ex to wear as a corsage. In her hair... Floating in her bath water... To spice up a nice floral douche...

Posted by: rimfirejones on April 5, 2005 07:36 PM

I wouldn't eat that shit if I was you...

Posted by: Queenie on April 5, 2005 07:49 PM

I stepped on that shit with bare feet when I was a wee lass of 6 or 7. I had never known such pain existed in the world until that moment LOL. I still give it a very wide berth when I see it, for fear it will reach out and get me again.

Posted by: Chablis on April 5, 2005 08:11 PM

Bull nettle is the worst! It will go through blue jeans..

Posted by: murry on April 6, 2005 01:44 AM

Brennessel. (Burn Nettle)

That's what they call Bull Nettle in Germany. And it's no fun, as I found out the hard way growing up there. I've only encountered it here in the States up in the Pacific Northwest. For some reason, a lot of the flora and fauna between Germany and Washington State seem to match. (The similar climate, perhaps?)

Right down to Waldameisen (forest ants). The workers are a half an inch long, but you know what? I'd take a dozen of them on me per Fire Ant. I've only had one of those itty bitty sumbitches bite me, and I'd pay big money to have it be the last ...


Posted by: Go 4 TLI (formerly HH in Hollywood) on April 6, 2005 03:29 AM

I grew up in western washington, those nettles raised welts on me big time; but, boil them for a couple minutes and they're better than spinach. And the juice won't hurt you either.
Australia has some real bad ones, they hurt bad enough that people have killed themselves. We were told that the stinging unbelievable pain lasts as long as 5 years. WTF was Mother Nature up to anyway?

Posted by: lg on April 8, 2005 08:46 PM
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