Stinging nettle is an erect, perennial, rhizomatous forb which forms dense clonal patches. Stout stems grow 3-5 feet tall. Leaves, stems, and flowers are sparsely to moderately covered with stinging hairs.
Stinging nettle greens have been used for centuries to treat joint pain, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. For many people, a bracing cup of nettle tea is still a panacea for a wealth of health issues. It’s no wonder since stinging nettle greens are loaded with antioxidants as well as lutein, lycopene and iron. The health benefits aside, stinging nettles are also delicious. They are an extremely valuable addition to any garden. Loved by Ladybugs. Zone 3-10.