Just like it’s cousin Urtica dioica, Urtica urens is recognised by it’s unfriendly nature in the garden.
They also share an amazing array of chemical constituents, to the point where what is true of one is true of the other.
The major differences are that U. urens is an annual with no invasive rootstock and it has both male and female flowers on the same plant.
U.urens is also smaller, growing to 60cm in height. Both share a very high iron content and hollow hairs full of ammonium bicarbonate which deliver the sting.
Harvesting necessitates the use of gloves but once cooked, pounded or dried the sting is inert.
These are quick to germinate, (especially in winter) and attractive in the garden as long as you don’t forget they are there.
We do not sell huge amounts of seeds in a pack as it is not necessary to grow enormous quantities and they self seed very quickly.
Degree of difficulty in germination…..2/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult) Seasonal
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