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Scientific Name: Leonurus sibiricus

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Leonurus sibiricus
Leonurus sibiricus


  • Short-lived perennial
  • Erect plant with branched stems bearing up to 10cm long deeply veined, pinnately divided leaves.
  • Small two-lipped pink to off-white flowers appear in axillary whorls in summer followed by black nutlets.
  • Fully hardy plant that needs well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
  • Will tolerate cold winters up to -0°C.
  • Seeds can be sown from spring to summer.

Culinary Uses

  • Young foliage can be eaten as a vegetable.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant can be cut when flowering but before the seeds are set.
  • Seeds can be collected when ripe in autumn.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The whole plant is a bitter diuretic that stimulates the circulation, lowers blood pressure, helps oedema, kidney complaints and kidney stones.
  • It regulates painful and excessive menstruation and postpartum bleeding.
  • Effective against bacterial and fungal infections and clears toxins, eczema and abscesses.
  • The seeds have similar actions but are less effective as a diuretic and detoxicant.
  • The seeds are used internally for eye problems related to the liver meridian.
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