Herbaceous perennial noted for its sting when stumbled upon. Nettles are incredibly rich in micronutrients and minerals. The young leaves are harvested for tea or as a food. I love nettles steamed, sauteed, and made into a vinegar by soaking the leaves. A wonderful medicinal food plant. The tops are also a great addition to your compost pile or use the tea to water your plants. An adaptogenic herb that is a tonic to your whole system. No healing garden should be without nettles. Hardy to Zones 3.