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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 ferox
Height: 3m;  Spread: 2m
Ongaonga (Shrub)
Stinging nettle. Approach with gloves on! Can be grown to attract admiral butterflies. Will not tolerate drying out. Fast growing and attractive.
» 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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Planted Urtica ferox and the Admirals came...!
One of my favourites, this one produces some excellent foliage(!) during the spring. Takes a bit of a hammering from the lacy-wings over summer but always recovers bigger and stronger each year. This specimen is about 4-5yo now. (20Sep2015)
I purchased this from you and it us now well populated with Red and Yellow admiral caterpillars. This is a very urbanised part of 
This is of one of my seedlings of this plant very young seed leaves