Boehmeria atrovirens Gand.
Boehmeria austrina Small
Boehmeria dasypoda Miq.
Boehmeria decurrens Small
Boehmeria drummondiana Wedd.
Boehmeria elongata Blume
Boehmeria elongata Fisch. ex Hornem.
Boehmeria florida Miq.
Boehmeria lateriflora Muhl. ex Willd.
Boehmeria littoralis Sw.
Boehmeria longifolia Gand.
Boehmeria phyllostachya Miq.
Boehmeria scabra (Porter) Small
Duretia cylindrica Gaudich.
Duretia palustris Gaudich.
Gymnogyne elongata Didr.
Procris lateriflora Poir.
Procris littoralis (Sw.) Poir.
Ramium cylindricum Kuntze
Urtica capitata L.
Urtica cilindrica Crantz
Urtica cylindrica L.
Urtica distachya Spreng.
Urtica filiformis Walter
Urtica mariana Mill.
Urtica palustris Juss. ex Pers.
Common Name: False Nettle
Boehmeria cylindrica is a perennial plant with a stem that can become more or less woody and persist. The stem can be simple or branched, the plant commonly growing 50 - 150cm tall, and often forming large clumps[
The plant is gathered from the wild for use as a fibre plant[
Boehmeria cylindrica is widespread and while it is possibly declining in parts of its range, it is not thought that any global population decline is likely to meet (or be close to meeting) the threshold for Vulnerable. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2016)[
Although members of the nettle family, plants in this genus do not have stinging hairs[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas, through central America, the Caribbean and eastern N. America to Quebec
Moist or shady ground[
]. Alluvial or moist, deciduous woods, swamps, bogs, marshes, wet meadows and ditches; from sea level to 1,800 metres in N. America[
]. Damp or wet thickets, often in shallow water; 350 - 1,400 metres in Guatemala[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
Boehmeria cylindrica has a very wide range from the subtropics of S. America, through the tropical regions of the Caribbean and central America north as far as the temperate zone of southern Canada.
Succeeds in a warm sandy soil[
] that is very well-drained[
A fibre obtained from the stems is used for cordage, nets etc[
]. Of no value[
Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse, only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.