Prefers moist soil and partial sun.
Leaves and stems irritate skin when touched; drying, cooking, or even just wilting will remove the sting.
One of the best and most nutritious cooked greens when young.Dried leaves make a tea or soup stock very high in iron and vitamins-fed to racehorses for stamina. Creeping rootstocks, used for prostate problems.
Tonic herb good for arthritis, anemia, fatigue, rebuilding health. In studies it increased the effect of anti-inflammatory drugs or herbs.
BOTANICAL NAME: Urtica dioica
Plant in fall or very early spring-must have 2 months of moist cold before sprouting, as weather warms. Needs light; tamp down surface of potting mix, mix seeds with a bit of sand or fine dirt, sprinkle on and tamp again. Keep moist (a glass or plastic lid helps). Can also put pots in a plastic bag I nthe fridge for 2 months. Start seedlings in shade, moving slowly to more sun. Likes moisture and compost.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 3-10/Height 4-6'/Spacing 24"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
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