Plant A Day – Common Motherwort

Common Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca

Common Motherwort
Leonurus cardiaca

Common Motherwort is easy to identify.  It’s not a native species to Indiana, and like a lot of non-natives, it doesn’t have many predators, and stays fresh looking for a long time.  It’s a mint that always grows in bunches.  It has perfect looking leaves with a nice symmetry.  The flowers, and then the seed pods, grow in the axils of the leaves.

The plants grow in bunches, perhaps just one plant with many shoots

The plants grow in bunches, perhaps just one plant with many shoots

Palmate, decussate leaves

Palmate, decussate leaves

Hairy flowers

Hairy flowers

Seed pods

Seed pods

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