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Boehmeria

Boehmeria (False Nettle, Sandpaper Plant)

The subtle, light-colored variegation of some boehmeria leaves brighten up shady corners of the garden. Use boehmeria as you would coleus, to provide a long lasting splash of color in the garden.

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More Information About Boehmeria

What a terrible common name for a group of great textural plants. Boehmeria is a genus in the family Urticaceae, which contains trees, shrubs, and perennials including nettles. Boehmeria species are virtually indestructible in a variety of soils and moisture levels, but they are not for gardeners who haven't graduated past the flash and flower of annuals. Boehmeria grow best in a partially shaded site with well a consistently moist, well-drained soil. Outside of Japan, boehmeria is a very uncommon ornamental shrub that is slowly gaining recognition. The subtle, light-colored variegation of some boehmeria leaves brighten up shady corners of the garden. Use boehmeria as you would coleus, to provide a long lasting splash of color in the garden.

Boehmeria is primarily used worldwide as a fiber crop to produce ramie, a strong, silky, flax-like fiber that is used in fabric. Ramie is also used to create an environmentally friendly bioplastic for cars such as the Toyota Prius. Boehmeria leaf extracts are also said to cause hair growth and the flowers attract butterflies. When you are ready to buy boehmeria for your garden, check out our list of boehmeria for sale.