Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca


Another easy to grow herb, with a long tradition and lore:

Midwives used motherwort as an uterine tonic, for the prevention of uterine infection and uterine stimulation. It was used for the heart, anxiety and overactive thyroid.

In Chinese medicine motherwort is called yìmǔcǎo 益母草 and is considered to be bitter, spicy, slightly cold and is used for the pericardium, liver. Here is a good article about the use of motherwort:

Herbaceous perennial plant of the mint family. Likes well drained soil and a part shade position. This plant might self-sow.

Common names: Lion’s tail, heartwort; Agripaume, Herbe battudo (French); Agripalma, Melissa salvatica (Italian); Aartgespan, Hartgespan (Dutch); yi mu cao (Chinese); yakumos
(Japanese); ikmoch’o (Korean); Hjärtstilla, bonässla; äkta hjärtstilla (ssp. cardiaca), ullig
hjärtstilla (ssp. villosus) (Swedish); Løvehale (Norwegian); Almindelig Hjertespand
(Danish); Nukula (Finnish); Echtes Herzgespann, Echtes Lövenschwanz (German);
Løvehale (Norwegian); Scerdecznik pospolity (Polish); Agripalma, marihuanilla (Spanish)

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Height + Width:

Frost Hardiness: Hardy in Katoomba




Country of Origin: Eastern Cape of South Africa


Common names: African Dream Root, Undlela Ziimhlophe (White Ways/Paths), Ubulawu



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