Motherwort (Leonurus cariaca) quickly attracts attention with its characteristic leaves and flowers. This imposing plant, also called throw-wort, lion’s ear, or lion’s tail, is essential in naturopathy.
Motherwort belongs to the large Lamiaceae (mint) family of plants. The plant genus Leonurus comprises around 50 recognized species native to Asia or Europe.
Motherwort is an herbaceous and perennial plant that can grow to a height between 16 and 40 inches (40 and 100 cm).
The leaves of the plant are usually light green. They have a partially cordate, lobed leaf shape with a strikingly irregular leaf margin. The leaves face each other on the branched, 4-sided, and hairy stems.
During the flowering period, which typically occurs between mid-June and early September, the motherwort forms typical blooms with a dainty purple to pink color.