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False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)

Host Plant: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis), Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Nectar Plant: generally wind pollinated, does not attract many insects

Flower Color: White

Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial or sub-shrub that grows to 2-4 feet tall

Range in North America: All except northwestern North America

Exposure: Sunny with partial shade in moist soil

Hardiness: Zones 4-10 (may need to be sheltered in zone 4-5 if the winter is cold)

Soil Requirements: rich soils that are moist (this is a wetland plant)

Small-Spike False Nettle and Bog Hemp

False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), a member of the Urticaceae (Nettle Family) is a herbaceous perennial that has green, yellow, or brown non-showy flowers originating from the axils of the leaves.  The flowers bloom from July to October.

More information about False Nettle can be found on this blog post.

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral Butterfly on ground – Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

More information on the Red Admiral can be found on this blog post.

Question Mark Butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)

Question Mark Butterfly – Katja Schulz from Washington, D. C., USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Eastern Comma Butterfly (Polygonia comma)

Eastern Comma Butterfly – Melissa McMasters from Memphis, TN, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

False Nettle grows in rich floodplains and other places that are wet or moist.  This plant is found generally in the midwest and eastern United States and along the southern tier to California.

False nettle along with Canadian Clearweed (Pilea pumila) are the only two members of the Nettle Family that do not have have stinging hairs.  False nettle does not have the clear stem of Canadian clearweed.


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