- Cindy Baker
- Fulton, MO, United States
- I am living in the middle of a wonderful, small town. My passion is gardening. I dream of living on a small farm, just outside of town, and selling vegetables and eggs to those that drive by. This blog is to document the slow process of learning while reaching and wandering towards my goal.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Chinese Motherwort, Leonarus artemesia. I'm excited to add this plant to my collection. The medicinal potential is amazing. Leaves and flowers are used as a diuretic, for stimulating blood circulation, regulating menstration and lowering blood pressure. A tea used as a wash is said to ease itching and pain from shingles. Three to four foot tall and adaptable to many soil conditions. Self seeding annual. Hardy to Zone 8.
This is a photo I took last year of some of the plants I started for friends. I am amazed each year how a single seed can turn into a plant ready for the garden in just a matter of weeks. For those of you wanting to start your own plants remember to water from the bottom and keep a fan going for stronger stems and a healthy growing environment.
Most of the plants I grow you don't see very often. They are the plants that your grandmother grew and you vaguely remember. Your grandmother grew them because she got starts from her mother and her grandmother. Originally they were natives or planted because of their medicinal value.
My thought is if I can have a great looking plant that can lower my blood pressure or get rid of a headache, why not? I may still choose to take an asprin, but it is nice to have the option!