LAVANDULA VIRIDIS

LAVANDULA VIRIDIS

FAMILY: LAMIACEAE
YELLOW LAVENDER: From the Canary Islands, this is a large plant 2-3′ tall and sprawling with yellow green leaves and yellow flowers. It has a strong, oily scent and looks very similar to Spanish lavender.

LEONOTIS LEONURUS

LEONOTIS LEONURUS

FAMILY: LAMIACEAE
LION’S TAIL, WILD DAGGA: A large bush (to 6′ tall) with whorls of 2½” orange flowers in the late fall. Needs much sun and a long,dry growing season to produce active flowers. African tribes smoke the leaves and flowering tops as a euphoriant. (dagga means marijuana). Hardy to freezing, but needs a frost-free fall to bloom and a long, hot fall to produce active resinous tops.

MONOGRAPH

LEONURUS CARDIACA

LEONURUS CARDIACA

FAMILY: LAMIACEAE

“There is no better herb to drive melancholy vapours from the heart, to strengthen it and make the mind cheerful, blithe and merry.”
— Culpepper

.

MOTHERWORT: It’s also very bitter with a pungent smell. A tall, hardy perennial (dormant in winter), it easily grows almost anywhere. Likes sun.

It’s a sedative, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, cardiotonic. Used by “mothers” since the Greek Empire in amenorrhÅ“a and dysmenorrhÅ“a. Not to be used without supervision during pregnancy. A valuable medicinal herb.