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Leonurus Cardiaca, Motherwort

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At one time cultivated for its medicinal uses. The whole plant is deliciously pungent when handled.

The plant often self-sows when well-sited.

Motherwort is especially valuable in the treatment of female weaknesses and disorders, allaying nervous irritability, inducing quiet and passivity of the whole nervous system.

Skin contact with this plant can cause dermatitis in susceptible people.

An easily grown plant that succeeds in most soils, preferring one on the poor side.

Sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer.

If you have sufficient seed then it can be sown in an outdoor seedbed, or even in situ.

Edible Uses:

The fresh or dried flowers can be used as a flavouring in soups, particularly lentil or split pea. They are also used as a flavouring in beer.

Fresh or dried flowers can be used to make a tea.


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