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    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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Stinging Nettle

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Stinging nettle
(Urtica dioica)

Watch out for these stingers, which will cause a long-lasting stinging sensation if handled. They have jagged-tooth leaves, greenish white flowers, and form dense colonies in disrupted woodlands.

Where in the park: In the woods by the Bell Point Trail at English Camp.

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Did You Know?

West Valley Road on San Juan Island

Many of San Juan Island's roads trace sheep runs cut by Hudson's Bay Company workers. They were led, in part, by Fort Victoria Chief Factor and colonial Gov. James Douglas, from 1853 to 1859. Many of the workers were Cowichan Indians from Vancouver Island.