netelsstekenBoth the small and large nettle have (slightly upwardly -directed) hairs on the stem and on the underside of the leaf, barely on the upper side.

Dried, preferably young nettles are good fodder for goats and rabbits, because of its high protein content. Goats eat them fresh. Very young plants that do not have stinging hairs, can be fed fresh to rabbits.

Plantain and ground ivy help for itching. Some sources also mention the dead nettle or stem sap of the nettle.