Laportea canadensis / Wood Nettle


Why sell a plant that stings? Because it is one of the best perennial greens on the continent, delicious and deeply nutritive. More tender and with a longer harvest season than the related stinging nettle, this is an excellent permaculture plant. Host plant for the Red Admiral butterfly. Wood nettle is a colonial species of rich, moist woods, mostly found along rivers and streams.

Height: 3′ – 4′        Blooms: July – August

Habitat: Moist soil, part sun to shade

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Laportea canadensis Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Eastern Comma
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Question Mark
Red Admiral

Additional information


Quart, Deep, Quart