I made a plant blog b/c I’ve been taking pictures of plants during classes all quarter and the lady sitting next to me leans over and whispers “You should put those on FB” and I prefer Tumblr so TA DA.
This is my avatar picture for this blog, and it is my Goddess Plant; Stinging Nettle - Urtica Dioica. It’s so beautiful. I get excited whenever I’m near it. I took this near the Muckleshoot Tribal College in western Washington.
I’ll post most of the pictures I’ve been taking, and more pictures I take, as well as notes from class about uses for the plants. I’m also interested in stories people have about plants, and other names for plants in different languages.
One story I have about stinging nettle is that when we were little, my sisters and I used to live near a creek. There was a hillside covered in stinging nettle and we would have to climb down it to get to the creek. One time my sister slipped and fell head first into that stinging nettle patch, and she spent a miserable few days in the bathtub applying topical medicines that didn’t really help her feel better. She thinks I’m crazy to gather it, eat it, dry it, and love it.
Nettle sting, though, is actually a reliever of arthritis, and if you sting yourself enough times it doesn’t hurt so much as numb the stung area. I have so much to say about nettle, I’ll probably make multiple posts about it. (I also tend to take lots of pictures of it…)