How not to identify plants...
So, I have been trying to learn a plant-a-day, and paying a lot more attention in general to all the varieties I'm lucky to be surrounded by right now.
Last week, I had noticed a little mint-family-looking-something growing right by my front stairs. I'm super new to plant ID, so anything with broad, serrated leaves, and squarish stem, gets categorized into the mint-ish family in my mind until I can ID further.
I usually don't touch much, at least until I can for sure ID something, and then I'll only pick if it'll be useful and I'll actually use it. But this day, I had just gotten back from a walk, and noticed the little plant again, and on a whim decided to pick a leaf to see what it smelled like...
As soon as I brought the leaf to my nose, a bit of wind picked up and brushed the leaf right onto the tip of my nose... It only took a split second to positively ID it as a baby Stinging Nettle! 😂
Thankfully, I didn't react too badly, but my nose sure did sting for a good 30 minutes!
I consider it a small price to pay for a good lesson learned, and I'll likely never forget what a baby Stinging Nettle looks like now.
I'm sure every herbalist has their own list of newbie-blunders... What has been your funniest, or even scariest, experience when learning to ID and benefit from our plant friends?
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