Yes, it’s the very same plant that causes unwary hikers such discomfort! But drying or cooking eliminates the sting, and the attractive plants have a long history of use in herbal medicine, as a medicinal shampoo and reputed to alleviate symptoms in cases of arthritis, enlarged prostate, and many other complaints. Also used in salt-reduced diets. Young shoots taste like spinach and are rich in vitamins and minerals especially iron. Nettle is one of the foundations of Bio-dynamic practices.
Maturity: 90-110 days
Size: 1-6’ height