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Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (California nettle)
Weyand, Phyllis

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

Urtica dioica L. ssp. gracilis (Aiton) Seland.

California nettle, Stinging nettle

Urticaceae (Nettle Family)

Synonym(s): Urtica californica, Urtica cardiophylla, Urtica dioica var. angustifolia, Urtica dioica var. californica, Urtica dioica var. gracilis, Urtica dioica var. lyallii, Urtica dioica var. procera, Urtica gracilis, Urtica lyallii, Urtica lyallii var. californica, Urtica major, Urtica procera, Urtica serra, Urtica strigosissima, Urtica viridis

USDA Symbol: urdig

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

Highly irritating to the skin, this Nettle should not be handled. However, the very young shoots and top leaves may be cooked and served as greens or used in soups and stews. The family and genus names come from the Latin uro (I burn).


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White


USA: AK , AL , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis


Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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