Himalayan Nettle (Girardiana diversifolia)

G. heterophylla. G. palmata. Gaud. Urtica heterophylla.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Himalayan Nettle
Girardiana diversifolia

A fibre is obtained from the stem. It is fine and silky and is used for making coarse cloth, ropes and twine[46, 61, 146, 272]. Yields of fibre are around 600kg per hectare[218].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the roots and basal stems is mixed with wine and drunk as a cure for malignant boils[218]. A decoction of the roots, mixed with Centella asiatica, is used to treat gastric troubles[272]. The juice of the root is used to treat constipation[272].

    The fresh juice of the leaves is applied externally in the treatment of headaches and swollen joints[240, 272]. A decoction of the plant is used to treat fevers[240].

    The ashes of the plant are applied externally in the treatment of ringworm and eczema[272].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves and inflorescences – cooked as a green vegetable[177, 272]. Care should be exercised when harvesting the leaves because they have stinging hairs. However, these hairs are neutralized by heat and so the cooked leaves are perfectly safe to eat[218].

  • Cautionary Notes

    This plant has very virulent stinging hairs[4].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in May. If you have sufficient seed it might be worthwhile trying a sowing outdoors in situ in the middle of spring. Division of roots[272].
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it can be grown outdoors in Britain. However, since it is an annual there is a good chance of success especially if the plants are started early in a greenhouse.
E. Asia – India to Malaysia.

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