May. 14, 2017

motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca

Motherwort is the obvious choice for today. But despite being very frequent, its beauty only is most obvious when you look close. These flowers are about a half inch high. Motherwort originated in Eurasia, and has been cultivated since ancient times for medicine. Its uses mostly had to do with childbirth. It's original use on this continent may have been to attract pollinators, particularly bees. It grows in every state except AK, CA, FL, HI, and across southern Canada. I don't really believe it's missed CA, despite my references. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/7/12.