Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)
Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)
Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)
Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)

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Common name: Stinging Nettle
Special Notes: Deciduous perennial with inconspicuous flowers in summer. Sun to part shade.  Grows 2-4' feet tall in dense clusters. Delicious as a veggie or in tea. Medicinal value proven by science. Native Americans used nettle for food, medicine, clothing and ceremonies. 0-10,000' elevation. Deer like to eat the tender new foliage.  WARNING:  Touching leaves and stems can cause stinging sensation and rash.  Handle with care.
Family: Urticaceae
Native to: California
Form:  subshrub
Size: 2-4’ high x 1-2’ wide
Blooms: Spring to early summer
Attracts: Host plant for Red Admiral, Milbert’s Tortoiseshell and Satyr Comma butterflies
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Light: Full sun to light shade
Water: Drought tolerant but thrives in moist areas. Occasional deep water in summer.
Hardiness:  Hardy to 0 degrees F.
Soil: Very adaptable, but prefers rich soil