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PlantFiles: False Nettle, Bog Hemp
Boehmeria cylindrica

Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Boehmeria (boh-MEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: cylindrica (sil-IN-dree-kuh) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vitrsna On Dec 15, 2011, vitrsna from Colima
Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:

does anyone know of a vendor who sells Boehmeria cylindrica seeds and will ship a small amount to Mexico?

Negative kayos On Oct 3, 2010, kayos from Port Orange, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love that ths plant is a host for butterflys but it has taken over most of my gardens. Constant pulling but hey return in full force.

Positive SusanLouise On Aug 12, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely addition to any garden...
An added bonus is the butterflies it attracts since it's a host plant for several butterflies too...

Neutral frostweed On Jan 9, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

False Nettle, Bog Hemp Boehmeria cylindrica is Native to Texas and other States.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Morrilton, Arkansas
Newark, Delaware
East Peoria, Illinois
Lincoln, Nebraska
Staten Island, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Arlington, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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