A medicinal perennial or self-seeding annual, flowering to 5 feet tall. As part of the mint family motherwort has a square stem, palmate leaves and tiny pink flowers growing close to the stem.
Culture: Plants prefer part shade to full sun, regular garden soil and plenty of water. Sow in the fall or early spring. Barely cover seed with soil, tamp securely and keep evenly moist until germination, which occurs in 1 to 3 weeks. Direct seed in garden or work up in pots. Thin or transplant to 1 to 2 feet apart.
Seed saving: Wait until seed capsules are dry on the stalk. Carefully cut stalks, as the seed capsules become quite prickly, and shake into a paper bag or bucket.