Leonurus cardiaca
Chinese motherwort

Leonurus cardiaca, Chinese motherwort

Leonurus cardiaca photo

A self-seeding perennial, L. cardiaca is the most easily identified motherwort with leaves and flowers alternating up its seed stalk giving this plant a strong geometric expression. You might notice that there are several differently shaped leaves at different stages of growth, a signature of motherworts. Long blooming and slightly invasive, but easily controlled with a hoe. Grow specs: 3-4 feet. Average garden soil. Full sun.

As the name implies, this plant has been used to strengthen the heart. It also calms the nervous system and is used in women's teas to promote menstruation, regulate menses and aid in childbirth.   (Photo © Steven Foster)

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