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Boehmeria longispica - Steud.

Common Name
Family Urticaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although members of the nettle family, plants in this genus do not have stinging hairs[235].
Habitats Mountains, C. and S. Japan[58]. Thickets, edges of forests, along streams in hills and mountains at elevations of 300 - 600 metres in N. and SE. China, 1000 - 1300 metres in SW. China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Boehmeria longispica


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Boehmeria longispica is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Sep to November. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

B. spicata. (Thunb.)Thunb. Urtica japonica. U. spicata.

Habitats

Cultivated Beds;  Dappled Shade;  Sunny Edge;  Woodland Garden.

Mountains, C. and S. Japan[58]. Thickets, edges of forests, along streams in hills and mountains at elevations of 300 - 600 metres in N. and SE. China, 1000 - 1300 metres in SW. China[266].

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Roots - cooked[177]. Leaves - cooked[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Febrifuge.

The leaves are used as a medicine for treating fevers and relieve internal fever[266].

Other Uses

Fibre.

A fibre obtained from the stems is used to make ropes and cloth[266].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. It is a sub-shrub, dying back to a woody rootstock in cold winters. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in a warm sandy soil[1] that is very well-drained[200]. We are not sure if this species is dioecious or monoecious[K].

Propagation

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.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Boehmeria cylindricaFalse Nettle, Smallspike false nettle00
Boehmeria glomerulifera 00
Boehmeria macrophylla 00
Boehmeria nipononiveaRamie11
Boehmeria niveaRamie, Chinese Grass, Chinese Silk Plant22
Boehmeria spicata 10
Boehmeria tricuspis 11

 

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