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Eucnide urens (Desert stingbush)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Eucnide urens

Eucnide urens (Parry ex A. Gray) Parry

Desert Stingbush, Desert Rock-nettle

Loasaceae (Loasa Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A rounded, bushy plant, generally much broader than tall, with stinging bristly hairs and large cream or pale yellow flowers in branched clusters that nearly obscure foliage.

The lovely flowers invite picking, but the hairs sting viciously.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southeastern California to southwestern Utah and western Arizona; south into Baja California.
Native Habitat: Dry rocky places in deserts, often on cliffs.

Web Reference

Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eucnide urens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eucnide urens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eucnide urens


Record Modified: 2023-04-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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