False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)
Copyright: Fred Miller
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.
Where to Buy False Nettle Plants:
False Nettle is a Host Plant for:Eastern Comma, Milbert's Tortoiseshell, Question Mark, Red Admiral, West Coast Lady, and more
False Nettle Specifications:
Color(s): Pale green, white flowers
Sun Exposure: Sun, partial shade
Average Height: 36 in.
Average Spread: 36 in.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 4 to 10
Note: Lacks stinging hairs