Boehmeria cylindrica from Diane P, SC

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Hi, Dr. Hill,
Another full sun, pond-side plant from the rural Fall Line region. The photos were taken on August 25. I’m also attaching a photo of the complete plant and a close-up of the inflorescence which also highlights the fine hairs lining the edges of the leaves and along the stems. Mature plants turn a darker shade of green. It’s not a showy plant, but I’m interested in its usefulness to insects.
Thank you.

Hi Diane,

this is the false nettle, Boehmeria cylindrica. It is related to stinging nettle but has no stinging hairs. I don’t know its uses, but I’m sure you can find some on Google.


Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS

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