Thanks for reminding me that I absolutely despise weeds... If they touch my bare skin I freak out and now you tell me that there's something that cam burn me if I touch it (whether it is in my area or not) I'm not going to go near any plants for months!
U. dioica is abundant in northern Europe and much of Asia, usually found in the countryside. It is less widespread in southern Europe and north Africa, where it is restricted by its need for moist soil, but is still common. In North America, it is widely distributed in Canada and the United States, where it is found in every province and state except for Hawaii, and also can be found in northernmost Mexico. It grows in abundance in the Pacific Northwest, especially in places where annual rainfall is high. The European subspecies has been introduced into North America and South America.
In Europe, nettles have a strong association with human habitation and buildings. The presence of nettles may indicate the site of a long-abandoned building. Human and animal waste may be responsible for elevated levels of phospahte and nitrogen in the soil, providing an ideal environment for nettles.
I assume not? Of course, y'all probably have other awful weeds to deal with.
We have lots of greenbrier around where I live. The worst thing is when a good, long vine gets wrapped around your leg while you're walking, then chainsaws through your skin when you take another step.