Boehmeria cylindrica

small-spike false-nettle, bog hemp


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2.5 to 4 ft    Width: 1 to 3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Interesting foliage


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: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

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