A Gardening Journal

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: False Nettle in Bloom



May into August, the unusual foliage and self-reliant habit of Sycamore-leaved False Nettle make it an essential groundcovering ornamental for part-shade gardens. Beginning in late August, the show just bets better: The plant sprouts palest-green tassels from each leaf axil.  They become more pendulous in maturity—don't we all—but they greet the Summer with a "Sniffing the air, and isn't it dandy!" alertness.



Here's how to grow this easy and eccentric perennial.

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