Stinging Nettle Seeds | Urtica dioica
Nettles are an incredibly nourishing herbal food, rich in chlorophyll, calcium, vitamins K, iron, potassium, magnesium, and more. There is about as much vitamin C and carotene in stinging nettle leaf as in spinach and other greens.
Nettles are one of the first plants we see in spring to help build healthy blood, bones, joints, & skin. They are particularly beneficial for prostate issues, renal issues, eczema, and allergies.
Nettles are dioecious, meaning that individual plants are either "male" or "female". They are not self-fertile, as both male and female plants must be grown in order to produce seeds (which will develop on female plants only)
Nettles have been reported as invasive in Virginia, so should be wild-harvested here, rather than planted intentionally.
Approximately 100 seeds, harvested for 2023.
Grown using only compost, water, & organic fertilizer, our plants are never treated or sprayed with anything at all.
Region: Native to Europe, much of temperate Asia, and western North Africa
Actions: Alterative, nutritive, antioxidant, diuretic, tonic, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, hypoglycemic, astringent
Parts used: Roots, leaves, stems, & seeds
Indications: Benign prostatic hypertrophy, renal failure, eczema, allergic rhinitis, diabetes, myalgia, anemia, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and osteoporosis
Planting: Sow on surface in fall or very early spring, barely cover with a little soil, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germination in spring.
Location: Plant prefers cool, moist soil in sun or shade.
Germination: 10-14 days
The majority of our seeds offered are saved from our small medicinal plant farm right here in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Our plants are grown only with water, compost, & organic fertilizer. NEVER sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or anything else.
There are some seeds that we have not been able to harvest in abundance ourselves yet, so these are provided by a farm here in Oregon that is certified organic by the USDA and Oregon Tilth.
Always check with local authorities (such as your county extension) to see if non-native plants are invasive or noxious in your region.
Noxious plants are illegal to grow and cannot be shipped across state borders. Invasive species should never be intentionally planted, but should be harvested from the wild instead.
They may hold medicinal value but they can destroy native ecosystems and habitats. There are likely less destructive alternatives with similar medicinal value that you can plant.