Natives For Your Neighborhood is a labor of love and commitment. If you use this website, help us maintain and grow it with your tax-deductible donation.


Please scroll to the bottom for more images.
Button-hemp, False nettle, Bog hemp
Boehmeria cylindrica

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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

Other data on Boehmeria cylindrica available from:

Resources Links:
Find Native Plants!

Acknowledgements and past sponsors
Become a sponsor!

Emergent Sponsors:

Canopy Sponsors:
Herbaceous Sponsors: