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Urtica dioica ssp. holosericea

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Species Name: Urtica dioica ssp. holosericea
Common Name: Hoary Nettle

Great for butterflies! Height lends to great background planting. Stinging hairs should be avoided--good for crowd control. Leaves can be made into a highly nutritious soup.

Plant Family: Urticaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: Up to 9' tall
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Partial sun to shade
Soil Preference: Sand to clay
Water Requirements: Moist
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring to early summer
Flower Color: Pale yellow
Endangered?:
Distribution: California Floristic Province (excludes deserts and Great Basin); elevation less than 9,000'.
Natural Habitat: Streambanks, margins of deciduous woodlands.

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