False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)

This unique plant is similar to the stinging nettles but lacks the stinging bulbs at the base of the hairs. It has small green/white flowers that bloom spike-like through summer until October. Although there is no nectar for the butterflies to enjoy, this plant is extremely important for the Commas, Question Marks, and Red Admirals as a host plant. Enjoy this plant in sunny to shady moist grounds, and watch as the caterpillars munch on the foliage of the False Nettle.

Attracts: Question MarkRed AdmiralEastern CommaWest Coast LadyMilbert's Tortoiseshell,  and more

Color(s): Pale green, white flowers

Sun Exposure: Sun, partial shade

Soil: Moist

Average Height: 36 in.

Average Spread: 36 in.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 4 - 10

Note: Lacks stinging hairs

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