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Ts'exts'ix Stinging Nettle Seed Packet (Ships within Canada)
Ts'exts'ix is the Squamish word for Stinging Nettle.
Stinging Nettle is a culturally important plant to Squamish and other Indigenous communities. This seed packet was created as part of the Hiýáḿ Project,a collaboration with Satinflower Nurseries that facilitates thousands of seeds planted on Indigenous lands. The artwork is by WSANEC nation artist Sarah Jim.
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Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a tall perennial that is a host plant for several native butterflies.
Range: Throughout the Pacific Northwest, Stinging Nettleis found growing in abundance from Alaska, through British Columbia as far south as Oregon.
Parts of plant used: New spring shoots and leaves
Benefits: Stinging Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, protein, and amino acids. It is considered a super food and a very nutritious spring green. The plant has antihistamine properties that help with seasonal allergies when taken as a tea. When utilized topically, either fresh or dried and infused into oil or tea, the plant carries anti-inflammatory properties that can help with sore muscles and joints. Stinging Nettle is highly antioxidant, making it a nutritious food to consume to support overall immunity and health.
Processing:The stinging hairs of nettle require processing ahead of ingestion. The stinging properties are neutralized by steaming, drying, freezing, blending or heating up in oil or blanching water.
Planting: Stinging Nettle should be planted in fall for spring germination. It can be directly sown by seed onto bare soil in your garden or into containers. Nettle is rhizomatous, meaning it spreads below ground by underground stems. If you don't want it to spread, plant in a container, raised bed, or space bordered by a natural barrier. Stinging Nettle prefers rich soils, so try adding compost or manure to the container. Once mature, Stinging Nettle can be easily divided and moved or shared with others. Early spring is a good time to make divisions.
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