Aka “Stinging Nettle” because of the skin irritating “hairs” on its leaves, this herbaceous perennial is a prized multi-use medicinal and multi-function plant. Tap root loads up new leaves with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. When cooked, leaves lose their hairs and make an early season nutritional treat. Tea used as a whole body tonic. Also a pollinator friendly dye plant and fiber source for cordage and cloth. Permaculture, polyculture and homestead plant.
Sow seeds outdoors in spring as soon as ground can be worked, or in the fall, around first frost. Light sensitive seeds; surface sow and tamp down. Can also start in flats in cold frame and transplant once germinated. Likes moist, rich soil, tolerates part shade. Grows to 4ft.