Taxon: Leonurus japonicus Houtt.

Genus: Leonurus
Family: Lamiaceae (alt.Labiatae)
Subfamily: Lamioideae
Tribe: Leonureae
Nomen number: 407691
Place of publication: Nat. hist. 2(9):366, t. 57, fig. 1. 1778
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 21-Feb-1997 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 22-May-2003
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Chinese motherwort  (Source: Herbs Commerce) - English
  • chá-de-frade  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • cordão-de-São-Francisco  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-das-lavadeiras  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-de-macaé  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-dos-Santos-Filho  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • lavanderia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • rubim  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • malörts-hjärtstilla  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish
  • yi mu cao  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide F ChinaEng; Herbs Commerce, as L. artemisia; Atlas Chin Drugs; Chin Herb Med; Chin Herbs; Med Pl China, as L. heterophyllus; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: (fide F USSR, as L. heterophyllus; F Ceylon, as L. sibiricus)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Korea
    • Russian Far East: Russian Federation Primorye, Amur
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; Laos ; Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Malaysia

  • Naturalized


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • American Herbal Products Association Herbs of commerce. 1992 (Herbs Commerce)
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hara, H. et al. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal. (L Nepal)
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. Flora of Japan. (F Japan)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Leonurus japonicus Houtt. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.