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Boehmeria nipononivea - Koidz.

Common Name Ramie
Family Urticaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although members of the nettle family, plants in this genus do not have stinging hairs[235].
Habitats Thickets and roadsides at elevations of 200 - 1200 metres in S Anhui, Fujiang and Guangdong Provinces, China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, C. and S. Japan.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Boehmeria nipononivea Ramie


Boehmeria nipononivea Ramie

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Boehmeria nipononivea is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from Sep to October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[177]. Leaves - cooked[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Febrifuge.

The plant is used as a medicine to relieve fevers and infections of the urethra[266].

Other Uses

Fibre.

Ramie fibre, obtained from the stem of the plant, is of very high quality and is used to make cloth, ropes and high-quality cloths, and for some industrial material[266].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. This species is very closely related to Boehmeria nivea and is included as a subspecies of that species by some botanists[266]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in a warm sandy soil[1] that is very well-drained[200]. Ramie has been cultivated for its fibre in many areas of China for a long time, with a history that can be traced back at least 3000 years ago[266]. We are not sure if this species is dioecious or monoecious[K].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Layering. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Grow them on for their first winter in the cold frame and then plant them out in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Boehmeria cylindricaFalse Nettle, Smallspike false nettle00
Boehmeria glomerulifera 00
Boehmeria longispica 11
Boehmeria macrophylla 00
Boehmeria niveaRamie, Chinese Grass, Chinese Silk Plant22
Boehmeria spicata 10
Boehmeria tricuspis 11

 

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Readers comment

walter ossato   Wed Jun 3 2009

good morning, I'm interested in boehmeria nipnonivea seeds.what is the price and minimun quantity to order?I'm form italy

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