Nettle (Urtica dioica) Plant


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Urtica dioica, often called tinging nettle is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America. The species is divided into six subspecies, five of which have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on the leaves and stems. The plant has a long history of use as a source of medicine and food.
Type: Perennial
Family: Urticaceae
Growing Zones: 3 – 9
Native Range:
Mature Height: 3 – 5 feet
Mature Width: 15 – 18 inches
Spacing: 12 – 18 inches
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Heavy
Soil Type: Rich organic, moist
Growth Rate: Fast
Leaf Description: Oval, pointed, toothed, STINGERS
Bloom Time: Summer
Bloom Description: White
Harvest: Leaf, Seed
Harvest Time: Spring, Fall
Drought Tolerance: Poor
Special Properties: Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators, Deer resistant, Compost activator


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