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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Leonurus japonicus.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Leonurus japonicus.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

This plant (and other closely related species) is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs[1].

The leaves are diuretic and are placed in bath water to relieve itching and painful shingles[1]. The dried flowers are emmenagogue and are also used in pregnancy and to help expel the placenta after giving birth[1]. The juice of the stems is vulnerary[1]. The fruit is antibacterial, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, ophthalmic and vasodilator[2][1]. It is used in the treatment of abnormal menstruation, nebula and conjunctivitis[2]. The seed is aphrodisiac, diuretic, emmenagogue, ophthalmic and is also used in the treatment of various women's complaints[3][1]. The plant was ranked number one in a survey of 250 potential antifertility plants in China[1]. The seed is used in the treatment of conjunctivitis and night blindness[3]. The aerial parts of the plant are alterative, antibacterial, antifungal, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, vasodilator and vulnerary[2][1]. The whole plant is decocted, either on its own or with other herbs, as an ophthalmic[1]. It is used in the treatment of abnormal menstruation, postpartum abdominal pain, tumours, uterine bleeding, oedema, eczema and purulent abscess[2]. It is also used externally as a poultice for bruises[1].

Stimulates blood circulation[3]. (The part of the plant used is not made clear.)


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.

Succeeds in most soils[4]. Prefers a poor soil[5].

There is some doubt over the correct name for this species, a recent work suggested that it should be L. artemisia (Lour.)S.Y.Hu. - at least in as much as it refers to the medicinal plant in China[1].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Leonurus japonicus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    2. ? Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
    3. ? ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
    4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? International Bee Research Association. Garden Plants Valuable to Bees. International Bee Research Association. (1981-00-00)
    6. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

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