Laportea canadensis is a perennial found in areas such as N. America - Nova Scotia to Ontario and North Dakota, south to Florida and Kansas. A member of the Urticaceae family, Laportea canadensis (L.)Wedd is also known by its common name of Canadian Wood Nettle. The perennial can grow to a height of 1 meters and up to 1 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Low woods, moist places and banks of streams[43, 159]., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .

Canadian Wood Nettle is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Canadian Wood Nettle is 1A decoction of . The plant is used in the treatment of fevers[257]. The root is diuretic[257]. An infusion of the crushed roots has been used to facilitate childbirth[257].

Laportea canadensis is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by .

Known hazards of the plant: The leaves have stinging hairs, much like stinging nettles to which they are related.

The plant has an edibility rating of 3Young leaves - cooked[105]. Very nutritious and with a delicious flavour, they are used like spinach[159]. Some caution should be observed when harvesting this plant since the raw leaves have stinging hairs. It is perfectly safe to eat the leaves when they are cooked, however, since heat completely destroys the sting[K].

Cultivation tips: We have very little information on this plant and do not know how hardy it is, but it succeeds outdoors at Kew and Cambridge Botanical Gardens as well as our
trial grounds in Cornwall[K]. It should succeed in most soils in sun or semi-shade.

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for 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 clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Young leaves - cooked[105]. Very nutritious and with a delicious flavour, they are used like spinach[159]. Some caution should be observed when harvesting this plant since the raw leaves have stinging hairs. It is perfectly safe to eat the leaves when they are cooked, however, since heat completely destroys the sting[K].