Organic Motherwort. Leonurus cardiaca.

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A herbaceous perennial plant, used in herbal medicine, as an ornamental plant or to attracts bees and other pollinators.

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Description

Organic Motherwort. Leonurus cardiaca.

Organic Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca, is a herbaceous perennial plant. A tall member of the labiatae (mint) family, growing up to 1.2m. The plant produces clusters of pink to purple flowers, blooming from midsummer through early fall. Motherwort has long been used in herbal medicine as well as an ornamental plant that attracts bees and other pollinators to the garden. Excellent for a long flowering bee pasture.

How to grow

Seeds are sown indoors in March or for outdoors, sow in April, May or October. Prefers well drained soil and a partly shady location however, equally happy with full sun and adaptable to most soil types.

Problem solving

A vigorous grower sometimes considered as invasive, for this reason, care must be taken to ensure that it doesn’t spread more than desired. Growing in containers or raised beds may avoid this. Rarely affected by pests or disease but prolonged periods of drought may lead to rare cases of spider mites. Also white powdery fungus can develop on the plant foliage, hindering plant growth. If this develops, remove infected parts of the plant and destroy them. Reduce chances of this by pruning overcrowded areas to increase air circulation, and avoid overwatering.

Uses

Medicinally it has been used as a heart tonic soothing palpitations and frayed nerves, inducing calmness, but not drowsiness. A great woman’s plant, good for periods.
A Diaphoretic (makes you sweat), antispasmodic, nerve tonic and emmenagogue (helps blood flow from your womb).
Can be made into a tincture, tea or as a herb with quark or cream cheese.
As with all herbs we need to say to you to only use them when you know what you are doing, with the help of a professional herbalist or health care practitioner.
Do NOT use motherwort when pregnant.

Cultural history

Originally from central Asia and southeastern Europe where it has been cultivated since ancient times. Now found worldwide, spread largely due to its use as a herbal remedy.

Note: Bee-friendly: This plant has a good nectar or pollen supply, which is especially good for honey and wild bees, as well as other pollinating insects.

Avg contents:  50 seeds.

Additional information

Weight 0.005 g
Dimensions 13 × 8 × 0.5 cm

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