After meeting all those great folks from Cascadia Wild at our last outing tracking, we were invited to go stinging nettle picking. Though it is spring, it was a typical winter-like day, pouring rain really. But we decided to go anyways, because if you don’t get out when it’s raining here in Portland, you won’t be out much!
We found stinging nettle and we are learning more about it how to use it, and know that are best picked in the spring, before it flowers.
Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica, is a perennial plant that are covered with tiny stinging hairs that can cause some irritation, by injecting histamine.
Most folks picked the nettle with bare hands, but we did with gloves, and it felt better.
And we still got stung with the nettle.
We also found this branch on the ground, where you can see where a woodpecker had lived.
We also found licorice fern.
Other things we found:
Another beautiful day out of doors.