False Nettle

False Nettle, Boehmaria cylindica, Nettle Family (Urticaceae)

Description: Tiny greenigh flowers are in small, head-like clusters, arranged in continuous or interrupted spikes in the axils of opposite leaves. Plant lacks stinging hairs. Flowers: less than 1/12″ (2 mm) long; males flowers usually in interrupted spikes, with calyx 4-parted, stamens 4; female flowers mostly in continuous spikes up to 1-1/2″ (3.8 cm) long, with calyx 2-4 toothed, tubular. Spikes often terminated by clusters of leaves. Leaves: 1-3″ (2.5-7.5 cm) long, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, coarsely toothed. Height: 1-1/2-3′ (45-90 cm).

Flowering: July-October

Habitat: Moist or shady ground.

Range: Ontario to Quebec, south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Minnesota.

Comments: This species differs from Clearweed (Pilea pumila), the other member of the Nettle Family lacking stinging hairs, in that it does not have a translucent stem and

All flower resources taken from: Niering, William A., Olmstead, Nancy C., National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Wildlowers. 1979, Chanticleer Press, INC.