Eucnide urens

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Desert rock nettle
Eucnide urens.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Loasaceae
Genus: Eucnide
Species: E. urens
Binomial name
Eucnide urens
Parry, 1875

Eucnide urens, also known as desert rock nettle or desert stingbush, is a shrub which is native to desert areas in California, Arizona, Utah and Baja California. Other common names are velcro plant[1] and vegetable velcro.[2]

The flowers, which appear from spring to early summer, are cream or pale yellow with 5 petals and are 2.5 to 5 cm long. The coarsely serrated leaves are 2 to 6.5 cm long with stinging hairs which are also found on the stems and buds.

The plant is round and bushy and is usually between 30 and 60 cm in height and is often found on cliff faces. Desert bighorn sheep feed on the flowers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The California Native Plant Society, Vol. 21, No. 3, May 2001" (PDF). 2001. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ Hall, p. 154


  • Spellenberg, R. (1979) Field Guide to North American Wildflowers - Western Region, National Audubon Society.
  • Hall, Clarence A., Jr. (1991) Natural History of the White-Inyo Range, University of California Press.
In natural habitat in the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada