HERB – STINGING NETTLE
Yes, it’s the very same plant that causes unwary walkers such discomfort! But drying or cooking eliminates the sting, and the attractive plants have a long history of use in herbal medicine, as a healing shampoo and reputed to alleviate symptoms in cases of arthritis, enlarged prostate, & many other complaints. Also used in salt-reduced diets. Young shoots taste like spinach and are rich in vitamins & iron. Perennial growing to 100cm. Plants are covered in small hollow hairs that produce a stinging sensation, irritation & discomfort when in contact with the skin. Very nutritious, fast growing, attracts butterflies & is said to repel flies.
Nettle seeds are tiny, light-dependent germinators that can be started indoors or out. Sow in Autumn or very early spring. Scatter the small seeds lightly onto the soil & lightly cover with a thin layer of soil. Water as needed in dry periods.
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