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These pretty white flowers are found in stinging nettles in Uk . they where found in the wooded and field areas in grassland. the leaves are what give you a sting. a dock leaf will ease the sting if you are ever stung. they are usually bigger leafed and found growing near stinging nettles.
Nettles are rich in vitamin C. They help increase red blood cell count by improving circulation.
The nettle's sting is completely removed when cooked.
If pound well with mortar and pestle leaves can be eaten raw.
The string is meant to be effective in counteracting arthritis and rheumatism. Tender young leaves on top are best. Also wear a good pair of rubber gloves when collecting them to avoid being stung.
You use the same way as you would spinach. Make a tea or soup. Eat in a omelette.
Our old dog used to eat them ,they helped his arthritis so if your dog is eating them as well ,they may well have arthritis or rheumatism, he naturally ate them . so I did some research to find out why.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S4530
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jan 2012 - 7:53 PM
Focal Length:4.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/3.1
Shutter Speed:1/110sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:stinging nettle flowers
Username:Mototaur Mototaur
Uploaded:12 Jun 2013 - 10:12 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plant, General, Macro close-up, Trees
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boov
boov  2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 - 10:40 AM

Great shot this...

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marshfam19
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12 Jun 2013 - 10:47 AM

Such a pretty flower for such a horrid plant, I always get stung when out riding my bike, they seem to reach out and grab me. Anyway a great image, well captured.

Mary

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Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
12 Jun 2013 - 11:23 AM

Excellent. ....Grin

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Hermanus
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12 Jun 2013 - 12:43 PM

I will have to look and see if our stinging nettles here also have such pretty flowers !!

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Mototaur
Mototaur e2 Member 226 forum postsMototaur vcard England
12 Jun 2013 - 1:01 PM

Post a photo Herman Smile Smile
thanks for the lovely comments. And votes everyone. They mean a lot .
I was trying to help this hated plant look much better Smile Smile

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 1:55 PM

Close enough to get stung here, Zoe GrinGrin

Dave

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Mototaur
Mototaur e2 Member 226 forum postsMototaur vcard England
12 Jun 2013 - 1:56 PM

Lol I did Dave. Lucky for me there was a number of dock leaves about Smile Smile Smile

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 3:30 PM

Lovely capture,

Ali Grin

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capto
capto e2 Member 21475 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2013 - 10:35 PM

Nice to see this very useful and beautiful plant. Many butterflies depend on it.Smile

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Mototaur
Mototaur e2 Member 226 forum postsMototaur vcard England
13 Jun 2013 - 10:37 PM

So do bees Ivor Smile Smile I like to have a few in my wild flower bed in my garden.

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