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Stinging Nettle seed (Urtica dioica)

Urtica dioica P. Food for many butterfly larvae. Must be fresh leaves, keep cutting throughout the summer. Flowers: June on. Requires: Sun. Height: 60 – 120 cm

Range ( g ) Price ( £/g )
20 – 100 g £ 0.26 / g

Description

Often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, Nettles are the exclusive larval food plant for several species of butterflies. Stinging nettle is particularly found as an understory plant in wetter environments, but it is also found in meadows. Although nutritious, it is not widely eaten by either wildlife or livestock, presumably because of the sting.

Nettle produces its inflammatory effect on skin (stinging, burning sensation often called “contact urticaria”) both by impaling the skin via spicules – causing mechanical irritation – and by biochemical irritants, such as histamine, serotonin, and choline, among other chemicals. the use of dock leaves on nettle stings is an established folk remedy, and revolves around the sap released from rubbing the leaf over affected areas of skin, which provides a cooling sensation. Docks and nettles regularly grow in the vicinity of each other due to both plants favouring the same soil conditions, and this may have aided the dock’s popularity as a treatment for nettle stings.

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Nettle Seeds

Urtica dioica grows best in partially shaded areas with rich, moisture-retentive soil. Nettle can commonly be found in wooded areas, thickets, or near bodies of water. As part of the Urticaceae family, nettle is distinguishable by its many, tiny, stinging hairs that cover the entire plant, as well as its heavily serrated leaves. Nettle leaves are best when collected in the spring and can be used fresh or dried. Cooked nettle leaves are similar to cooked spinach and are considered nutritious greens.

Nettle is a hardy and sprawling herb that can grow up to four feet in height. It flowers tiny, fuzzy white blooms in the spring and summer, and self-seeds in the fall. It is covered with many small hairs that sting upon contact and are used as a defense mechanism to keep animals from eating it.

Nettle is fairly easy to grow and can be planted directly outside in the spring. Seeds should be scattered over prepared soil and kept moist to promote germination. Seedlings will sprout within two weeks and grow rapidly once established, so carefully select growing locations.

Shop organic nettle seeds at Mountain Rose Herbs. Urtica dioica seed packet from Strictly Medicinal Seeds. 200 seeds per packet.