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Summer planting
Contrary to popular opinion, summer planting is fine as long as adequate water is provided throughout any prolonged dry periods. This allows you to take advantage of increased summer growth.
Urtica australis
Height: 0.7m;  Spread: 1m
A large leaved stinging nettle from the Chathams and Stewart Is. Fast growing and attractive, good for Red Admiral butterflys. Not good for sensitive people.
» Click here for our Urtica article published in the Titirangi Tatler, August 2010...
» Click here for our Moths and Butterflies article published in the Fringe, February 2013 ...
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The admiral butterflies were as thick on this plant as monarchs often are on swan plants.
Near point Munning, Chathm Island. Growing happy on the hightide mark.
Urtica australis.