Leonurus artemisia
Chinese Motherwort

Leonurus artemisia, Chinese Motherwort, Yi-mu-cao

Chinese Motherwort, Yi-mu-cao photo

According to Steven Foster's wonderful book, Herbal Emissaries, L. artemisia is the true Chinese motherwort, not L. sibericus. A self-seeding annual, this is the smallest and most delicate of the motherworts. Willing to grow in the poorest soils, plants should be thinned to eight inches. Again, this plant is easily controlled by hoeing out seedlings that might appear where you don't want them. Grow specs: 3-4 feet. Average soil. Full sun.

Contraindicated during pregnancy, this plant has been used to treat menstrual irregularities, activating blood circulation and reducing blood pressure.   (Photo © Steven Foster)

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