When I collect nettle, I don't use any gloves and on occasion I might get a sting or two on my wrist from reaching into the plant, but that's it.
But something else occurred to me - nettles grow well in "waste land," scrubby stuff, they don't need rich soil. Maybe the soil I put them in is too rich rather than lacking in nutrients!
After reading your post I went out and rubbed my hand over all the leaves I could find, to test whether it made a difference rubbing against old or new leaves. Nothing, but I think all the leaves that are showing now are fairly new.
It's a puzzle....
But then, it might not have to do with the variety nor the soil, but the fact that this one plant is getting so much attention? That in itself is a unique situation for a stinging nettle plant.
Perhaps someone will come along here and know the answer. I'm curious, myself.
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