Nettle, Stinging

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Nettles are found in rich moist soil, especially along shaded stream banks. They are rich in vitamins A and C, iron, and trace minerals. The young shoots and leaves are excellent when steamed and the mineral rich water should be saved for drinking. Use gloves to harvest the plants. The stinging hairs are inactivated when the plant is cooked or dried. (Urtica dioica)

Medicinal: Nettle has a rich tradition of medicinal uses, and is used primarily for its astringent, diuretic, tonic, and hypotensive actions. It has long been used in Europe as a spring tonic and detoxifying remedy, for rheumatism, arthritis, childhood eczema, and a number of other uses.

Growing instructions: Perennial in zones 3-10. Stratify seed for 4-6 weeks. Germination at 65°F in 7 to 14 days. Direct sow or transplant. Space 6" to 9" apart. Full sun if soil is moist, otherwise part shade. Grows 36"-48" tall.

Packet: 0.10g - approximately 528 seeds