Friday, May 30, 2014

Common Motherwort

Common Motherwort
Leonurus cardiac
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
Palmate, decussate leaves
Hairy flowers
Seed pods

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