MOTHERWORT





(Leonurus Cardiaca) Mint family.



Flowers - Dull purple pink, pale purple, or white, small,

clustered in axils of upper leaves. Calyx tubular, bell-shaped,

with 5 rigid awl-like teeth; corolla 2-lipped, upper lip arched,

woolly without; lower lip 3-lobed, spreading, mottled; the tube

with oblique ring of hairs inside. Four twin-like stamens,

anterior pair longer, reaching under upper lip; style 2-cleft at

summit. Stem: 2 to 5 ft. tall, straight, branched, leafy,

purplish. Leaves: Opposite, on slender petioles; lower ones

rounded, 2 to 4 in. broad, palmately cut into 2 to 5 lobes; upper

leaves narrower, 3-cleft or 3- toothed.

Preferred Habitat - Waste places near dwellings.

Flowering Season - June-September.

Distribution - Nova Scotia southward to North Carolina, west to

Minnesota and Nebraska. Naturalized from Europe and Asia.



"One is tempted to say that the most human plants, after all, are

the weeds," says John Burroughs. "How they cling to man and

follow him around the world, and spring up wherever he sets foot

How they crowd around his barns and dwellings, and throng his

garden, and jostle and override each other in their strife to be

near him! Some of them are so domestic and familiar, and so

harmless withal, that one comes to regard them with positive

affection. Motherwort, catnip, plantain, tansy, wild mustard -

what a homely, human look they have! They are an integral part of

every old homestead. Your smart, new place will wait long before

they draw near it."



How the bees love this generous, old-fashioned entertainer! One

nearly always sees them clinging to the close whorls of flowers

that are strung along the stem, and of course transferring

pollen, in recompense, as they journey on. A more credulous

generation imported the plant for its alleged healing virtues.

What is the significance of its Greek name, meaning a lion's

tail? Let no one suggest, by a far-stretched metaphor, that our

grandmothers, in Revolutionary days, enjoyed pulling it to vent

their animosity against the British.





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