Stinging Nettle Types & Uses
They do require moisture, but nettles can be grown in full shade to full sun. From My own experience, they do well in nutrient deprived soils.
The latin name of the plant is Urtica dioica and stinging nettles have a great variety of benefits. When they are "raw" the tiny hairs on the plant have a stinging effect when you brush against them. This effect is said to help relieve pain caused by arthritis in joints. Many arthritis sufferers will intentionally touch the area of the joint with the stinging nettle as it brings them relief from the 'sting'.
Cooked nettles do not have this effect, and they are rich in nutrients. The plants are also used to make herbal teas and we have an excellent article on making nettle tea, as well as the benefits of stinging nettle. The links are below.
If you want to grow nettles, they are some what invasive. Once they take hold in the garden, they can be difficult to irradicate. I suggest that anyone wanting to grow their own stinging nettle for herbal purposes do so in a large container. This way you can keep the nettles contained.
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