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PlantFiles: Florida Pellitory
Parietaria floridana

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


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:

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:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Reynardine 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 lizzymahoney 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.


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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