Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca
$6.50 per plant in 9cm pot
Anybody who says there are no straight lines in nature (I say/said it all the time!) have not seen the flower stem of Motherwort. It is long, straight and completely and utterly square.
Easy to grow, Motherwort is a perennial crown herb that likes to be in part shade and doesn’t really need much water, but really it’s very tolerant of all conditions like all good mothers. After flowering it does tend to fling its spikey seeds around. The seedlings are easy to pull out, or better yet it’s at it’s optimum time to harvest when it’s flowering.
“The names of this plant shows its range of uses. ‘Motherwort’ shows its relevance to menstrual and uterine conditions whilst ‘cardiaca’ indicates its use in heart and circulation treatments. It is valuable in the stimulation of delayed or suppressed menstruation, especially where there is anxiety or tension involved. It is a useful relaxing tonic for aiding menopausal changes. It may be used to ease false labour pains. It is an excellent tonic for the heart, strengthening without straining. It is specific for over rapid heart beat where this is brought about by anxiety and other such causes. It may be used in all heart conditions that are associated with anxiety and tension.” David Hoffman (From the book, Complete Illustrated Guide to The Holistic Herbal)