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01.
Motherwort: A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on motherwort

description
Leonurus cardiaca is a herbaceous perennial plant in the Lamiaceae family. The plant grows to about 60-100cm in height; and has a square stem and opposite leaves. The leaves have serrated margins and are palmately lobed with long petioles; the basal leaves are wedge shaped with three points, while the upper leaves are more latticed. Motherwort's flowers bud in the axils of its leaves on the upper part of the plant. Blooms appear in the summer months (June through August). The pink-to-lilac colored flowers are small, and often have furry lower lips.

common names & nomenclature
The botanical name, Leonurus cardiaca also comes from the greek. Leon being "lion", ouros for "tail" and kardiaca refers to the heart.

Also known as:
Motherwort, Lion’s tail, Lion’s ear, throw-wort, heartwort, Agripaume, Herbe battudo, Agripalma, Melissa, salvatica, Aartgespan, Hartgespan, yi mu cao, yakumos


02.
Motherwort: Where in the World
habitat and range for motherwort

Viscum album is native to Europe as well as western and southern Asia.

03.
Motherwort: Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting motherwort

climate
Motherwort grows along roadsides and in other partially shaded, low-traffic areas such as vacant fields.

soil
Motherwort prefers soil that is light, slightly alkaline and well drained.

growing
Motherwort can be easily grown from seed. It will reseed and return each year if it is allowed to set seed at the end of its growth cycle. As you may have deduced this plant is considered very invasive so extra care should be taken, cutting the stalks before seeds drop will help prevent invasion.

harvesting
The plants should be harvested while in full bloom. Cut the entire plant at the base of the stalk and hang upside down to dry. Be sure to leave a few stalks to self seed.

preserving
Store dried motherwort in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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