False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) Quick Facts:
Host plant to Red Admiral, Question Mark, and the Eastern Comma butterflies
Native in most of US, excluding northwest
Hardy in zones 4-10
Sunny with partial shade
2-4 feet tall
Space a few feet apart
Propagate from cuttings or from seed
Growth is slow in the beginning, then accelerates
False Nettle Plants for your Butterfly Garden
Our native False Nettle plants (Boehmeria cylindrica), as with all of our plants, are grown specifically to be safe for butterflies/caterpillars. You can start feeding caterpillars right away. False Nettle is in the same family as stinging nettle but without any sting.
Red Admiral butterflies, Question Mark butterflies, and Eastern Comma butterflies will all use this plant as their host plant to feed their caterpillars.
These plants are in a 3 1/2″ pot and are ready to go in the ground or be potted into a larger container.