Motherwort

(Leonuris artemisia) Motherwort is an herbaceous perennial member of the mint family that is hardy from USDA zones 3-7 and grown as an annual in other zones. Native to central Asia and southeast Europe, in traditional Chinese medicine the herb is given to mothers. English botanist Nicolas Culpeper described a range of this plant's medicinal value, from improving cheerfulness to settling the wombs of mothers. The seeds of this cold-tolerant plant can be direct sown from fall to spring or can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost and transplanted out; however, direct seeding is preferred. Surface sow seeds and press into soil or lightly cover. Seeds germinate in 7-21 days. Ideal germination temperature is 65-75F. Space seeds 12 inches apart and place in full sun to shade. Motherwort famously grows in just about any soil conditions and is also a notoriously weedy plant, so please keep a management strategy in mind when growing this useful but aggressive herb.

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