Laportea canadensis (L.) Weddell
Canadian Woodnettle, Wood Nettle
Urticaceae (Nettle Family)
Synonym(s): Urtica canadensis, Urticastrum divaricatum
USDA Symbol: LACA3
Clusters of small, greenish flowers are in the leaf axils on a stout stem with stinging hairs; female flowers are in loose, elongated clusters in upper axils; male flowers in shorter clusters in lower axils.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Manitoba to Quebec and Nova Scotia; south to Florida; west to Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Native Habitat: Low woods, streambanks.
BenefitUse Food: Young shoots eaten as potherb. Boiling destroys irritant. Add to stews or soups. Collect the young shoots in the spring. Wear gloves while collecting shoots; the shoots can cause a stinging effect. Place young shoots in boiling, salted water (with a pair of kitchen tongs) and boil for five minutes. Serve as a vegetable or add to soups. The stinging quality disappears after cooking (Poisonous Plants of N.C.).
Use Other: Inner fibers extracted and woven into flax-like fabric by indigenous people.
Warning: Stinging hairs on all parts. Skin irritation if handled. Symptoms include intense burning and itching or stinging lasting usually less than an hour.
Larval Host: Red Admiral
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
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National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 663 - Poisonous Plants of North Carolina (1994) Vondracek, W. ; L. Van Asch
Bibref 1294 - 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Laportea canadensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Laportea canadensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Laportea canadensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-03-06
Research By: TWC Staff