aquaticssouthwest's picture

Catmint

Observed: 20th December 2009 By: aquaticssouthwest
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

Catnip which at first i assumed was a stinging nettle . But according to various books , catmint or catnip fits the pattening of the leaves

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) interacts

Comments

bill riley's picture

Probably not Catmint

Hard to say from the photo, but looks like the common nettle to me. Leaves are probably too oval and too broad for catmint.

Two questions, does it sting?, does it have a minty aroma? Be brave, touch and sniff, this will give the answer!

Seasons greetings

Bill.

Chris Metherell's picture

Probably not Catmint

I agree - looks like U.dioica to me. N. cataria is normally grey-wooly all over and the leaf-shape is wrong.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

aquaticssouthwest's picture

Correction

Yes it is U.diocia. It does sting