Boehmeria cylindrica

Small-spike False-nettle, Bog Hemp

Urticaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Ground cover in moist sites in casual settings. Very attractive when young, but becomes somewhat weedy and tall as it matures. Probably better suited for restoration than landscaping.
Considerations:Can become overly abundant. Plant with caution.
Propagation:Seed and root cuttings. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
 

Larval host for several species of moths. Larval host for red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and eastern comma (Polygonia comma) butterflies.

Native Habitats:Cypress swamps, floodplain forests, wet thickets, stream banks, marshes, wet forests, marshy shores, ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:This species is in the Nettle Family and looks much like stinging nettle. However, it does not have stinging hairs.