Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) also known as throw-wort and lion's tail
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Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) - 05a

Motherwort - 05a
(Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) - 05a) This is a close-up look at some of the maturing motherwort flowers. Motherwort flowers appear in whorls above the leaf axils on the upper part of the plant and have three-lobed bracts. The calyx of each flower is bell-shaped and has five lobes. The corolla (petals) is irregular, 8 to 12 mm (0.3 to 0.5 in) long, fused, long-tubed with two lips. The upper lip is convex and covered with white hairs and the lower lip is three-lobed and downward-curving and spotted with red. The flowers are pink to lilac in color often with furry lower lips. There are four stamens, two short and two longer, and the fruit is a four-chambered schizocarp (a dry fruit that, when mature, splits up into mericarps, which each contain one or more seeds). In other words, it's a very complex flower, which we picture as God having fun when He created it.
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