Just like it's cousin Urtica dioica, Urtica urens is recognised by it's unfriendly nature in the garden.
They also share an amazing array of chemical constituents, to the point where what is true of one is true of the other.
The major differences are that U. urens is an annual with no invasive rootstock and it has both male and female flowers on the same plant.
U.urens is also smaller, growing to 60cm in height. Both share a very high iron content and hollow hairs full of ammonium bicarbonate which deliver the sting.
Harvesting necessitates the use of gloves but once cooked, pounded or dried the sting is inert.
These are quick to germinate, (especially in winter) and attractive in the garden as long as you don't forget they are there.
We do not sell huge amounts of seeds in a pack as it is not necessary to grow enormous quantities and they self seed very quickly.
50 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....2/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal
Stinging Nettle herb and leafUrticae herba/-foliumBrennesselkraut/Brennesselbltter Published April 23, 1987Name of Drug Urticae herba, stinging nettle herb. Urticae folium, stinging nettle leaf. Composition of Drug Stinging nettle herb consists of fresh or dried above-ground parts of Urtica dioica L., U. urens L. [Fam. Urticaceae], and/or hybrids of these species, collected during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage. Stinging nettle leaf consists of fresh or dried leaves of U. dioica L., U. urens L. and/or hybrids of these species, gathered during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage. Stinging nettle leaf and herb contain mineral salts, mainly calcium and potassium salts, and silicic acid. Uses Internal and external application:As supportive therapy for rheumatic ailments. Internal:As irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract and prevention and treatment of kidney gravel. Contraindications None known. Note:No irrigation therapy if edema exists due to impaired heart or kidney function. Side Effects None known. Interactions with Other Drugs None known. Dosage Unless otherwise prescribed:Average daily dosage:8 - 12 g of drug;equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use, as stinging nettle spirit for external application. Note:In irrigation therapy, intake of copious amounts of fluids must be observed.