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Boehmeria cylindrica (L.) Sw.
Smallspike false nettle, Bog Hemp
Synonym(s): Boehmeria austrina, Boehmeria cylindrica var. drummondiana, Boehmeria cylindrica var. scabra, Boehmeria decurrens, Boehmeria drummondiana, Boehmeria scabra, Urtica cylindrica
USDA Symbol: BOCY
Tiny greenish flowers are in small, head-like clusters, arranged in continuous or interrupted spikes in the axils of opposite leaves. Plant lacks stinging hairs.
This species differs from Clearweed (Pilea pumila), the other member of the Nettle Family lacking stinging hairs, in that it does not have a translucent stem and is taller.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Ontario to Quebec, south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Moist or shady ground.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Larval Host: Eastern Comma, Red Admiral
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff