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Button-hemp, False nettle, Bog hemp
Boehmeria cylindrica
Urticaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens in wet soils.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common but somewhat ephemeral understory herb in swamps and moist forests.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Short-lived medium herb.

Dimensions: Typically 2-3 feet in height. Sometimes as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Widespread in North America south to the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Swamps and moist forests.

Soils: Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to well-drained, sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade to moderate shade.

Flower Color: Greenish.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host and nectar plant for red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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