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NAME: Wood Nettle
SPECIES / FAMILY: Laportea Canadensis / Urticaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Canada Nettle
CONDITIONS: partial shade, moist soil
Spring & Fall
Spring & Fall
COMMENT: As with Stinging Nettle…Highly nutritious. New shoots appear in Spring and Fall. Use young leaves before flowering, as vegetable or tea. “…soaking, cooking, refrigerating, wilting or drying neutralizes the plant’s sting.” (2) Also see Stinging Nettles.
CAUTION: As with Stinging Nettle, stinging hairs (but fewer) can be painful and last hours, use crushed or chewed leaves of jewelweed, plantain, or dock to help remove pain.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: As with Stinging Nettle…Young leaves - cooked. Very nutritious and with a delicious flavour, they are used like spinach (1) Birthing aid; Diuretic; Febrifuge. (1)
LOOK-A-LIKES: Has wider leaves than Stinging Nettle. False Nettle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boehmeria,
Comparative photos with other Nettles and Horse Balm: http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/food/edibleplants/nettle/index.html
POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: White Snakeroot - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageratina_altissima
OTHER USES: A fibre obtained from the stem is used for making nets, cordage etc. It is up to 50 times stronger than cotton. (1, 3)
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):