In early May, we were driving along Dry Branch Road in the Ogeechee Wildlife Management Area in Hancock County, Georgia, when we noticed some small plants with white flowers. We hadn’t seen these before so we investigated.
These plants were little more than 12 inches high here.
They have pretty white flowers that...
Bloom on a cyme.
An individual bloom up close, from the front and…
From the back.
The leaf. Something about the shape of the leaf didn’t ‘fit’ with the bloom, and…
The hairs on the stem seemed to say ‘don’t touch.’ It would have been tempting to touch it but I didn’t. I used a stick to move the foliage for a better look. It turns out they are stinging hairs.
We returned in late May. The plants were developing seed pods. They were a pretty combination of deep evergreen and apple green. The developing seed pods, also with stinging hairs, from
A couple of weeks later, we saw no sign of the plants.
Cnidoscolus stimulosus is native to the United States and grows from Virginia to Louisiana and in Kentucky. It grows in sandy soil or dry pastures on the coastal plain and infrequently in the Piedmont.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Cnidoscolus urens var. stimulosus (Finger Rot)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Cnidoscolus stimulosus
- Southeastern Flora: Tread Softly, Finger Rot (Cnidoscolus stimulosus)
- Alabama Plants: Cnidoscolus stimulosus -Tread Softly
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Cnidoscolus stimulosus (Tread-softly, Spurge-nettle, Bull-nettle, Finger-rot)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index