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Native Plant Guide

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stinging nettle
© Greg Rabourn
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nettle flower nettle foliage

Urtica dioica

Perennial Groundcover

Height: 6 ft.

Availability: Low

Growing ease: High

Moisture req.: moist

Exposure req.: sun - shade


Plant description:

Although the plant is primarily known for it's painful sting and aggressive spreading, it should be recognized for being a great food plant for butterfly larvae.

Keywords: aggressive, butterflies, fast, upright