Florida Pellitory
Parietaria floridana

Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Parietaria (pair-ee-eh-TAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: floridana (flor-ih-DAY-na) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

By simple layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Daytona Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Deland, Florida

Lake Helen, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Satellite Beach, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jan 17, 2013, Reynardine from Lake Helen, FL wrote:

Though it is listed as being partly poisonous, I believe that is an allergic reaction on the part of people who have been exposed to the true nettle (not the unrelated Florida spurge-nettle), as it is a member of the Urticaceae. Grown with moisture and filtered sun or high shade, it is a delicate pleasure in winter and early spring salads, especially with tender little cucumbers or Melothria fruits, new lettuce, little scented jump-ups, and the youngest, mildest dill.

The seeds are a bit larger than you'd expect with this dainty, but hard to find. They self-sow, but also form divisible mats on hospitable ground.

Positive

On Jan 1, 2010, lizzymahoney from Daytona Beach, FL wrote:

This is a weed. I like weeds. It's susceptible to downy mildew. Grows lushly in filtered sun areas, often next to fences or under shrubs. Crushed foliage has a cucumber odor. Some people report a rash if they eat it. It will fade out or wither in the long dry summer heat, but grow again when the weather cools. Flowers are inconspicuous. Mounds to a foot high near me, but can grow prostrate within a sparse lawn as long as there is water available.