Common Name wood nettle
Origin North America
Light part to shade
Edible greens, shootsDynamic Accumulator Yes
Wood nettle, is an annual or perennial herbaceous plant of the nettle family Urticaceae, native to eastern and central North America. It is found growing in open woods with moist rich soils and along streams and in drainages.
Young leaves can be eaten cooked. Very nutritious and with a delicious flavour, they are used like spinach. Some caution should be observed when harvesting this plant since the raw leaves have stinging hairs. It is perfectly safe to eat the leaves when they are cooked, however, since heat completely destroys the sting.
A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of fevers. The root is diuretic. An infusion of the crushed roots has been used to facilitate childbirth.
A fibre obtained from the stem is used for making nets, cordage, etc. It is up to 50 times stronger than cotton.