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PlantFiles: Chinese Motherwort, Honeyweed, Siberian Motherwort
Leonurus japonicus

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leonurus (lee-on-or-uss) (Info)
Species: japonicus (juh-PON-ih-kus) (Info)

Synonym:Leonurus artemisia
Synonym:Leonurus heterophyllus
Synonym:Leonurus sibiricus
Synonym:Stachys artemisia

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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Full Sun

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Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive turektaylor On Feb 17, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, Leonorus sibiricus - a member of the Mint family - grows to 4 tall with interesting narrow, deeply lobed foliage. Blooming its first year from July to September, the many upright spikes bear white tipped purple or crimson flowers arranged in whorls around the stem. Best in an herb garden, densely planted garden or larger container. Many medicinal uses including lowering blood pressure, clearing toxins, regulating menstruation & as an antibacterial & anti-fungal. Cut off spent flowers to prevent self-sowing. Prefers poor, well-drained soil.

Positive Fae On Oct 20, 2003, Fae wrote:

In terms of herb lore, Motherwort is said to help one increase one's self esteem and confidence.

Positive firedance On Jan 31, 2003, firedance from Durham, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Motherwort has been used to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. It is a mild sedative, esterogenic and can help with cramps.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Decatur, Alabama
Barbourville, Kentucky
Covington, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Austin, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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