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Northwestern Ohio. These nettles (or maybe thistles?) are growing all over wherever there's partial shade. They grow in bug clumps of individual stalks, the leaves typically pointed a bit upward, long and thin and saw-toothed. Found some that were starting to flower, figured it'd help ID. enter image description here enter image description here

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Not a nettle.

Nettles do not have sharp spines; they inflict pain with formic acid, rather than physical sharpness!

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