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Leonurus cardiac motherwort flower and leafLamiaceae (Labiatae)

Motherwort, not only a herb for women

Leonurus cardiaca Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Culpeper believed the name (motherwort) was chosen as women are joyful mothers and it settles their wombs. The Latin name ‘cardiaca‘, because it is very useful for a …

traditional medicinal plants southern EuropeAsparagaceae

Aphyllanthes of Montpellier

Aphyllanthes monspeliensis Family: Aphyllanthaceae or Liliaceae (now Asparagaceae) French Common Name: Aphyllanthe de Montpellier This pretty little flower grows prolifically here in the Aude.  It seems to prefer stony, dry soil. The Royal …

self heal aude southern franceLamiaceae (Labiatae)

Self-Heal or All-Heal, a little plant with appropriate name!

Prunella vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) You will find self-heal flowering virtually continuously from June through to October. The tight cluster of crowded purplish sepals and bracts have been described as resembling a …

leuzea aude southern franceAsteraceae (Compositae)

Leuzea sp. a fascinating Asteraceae

Leuzea sp. (conifera) Family: Asteraceae French common name: leuzée conifère I was fascinated by this plant which I first found growing early June on the Plateau de Bouichet in Aude. I …

red clover flowers southern franceLeguminosae

Red Clover for hormones, skin and so much more

Trifolium pratense Family: Leguminosae (pea or bean family) Bremness describes red clover as having red-purple flowers with leaves of three oval leaflets. Weed suggests it is bright pink rather than red. …

wild thyme aude southern franceLamiaceae (Labiatae)

Thyme for the thyme of cold and flu

Thymus vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) And so to this website’s namesake! During the month of May, the hills around the Aude are covered with the stunning colour of the beautiful thyme …


Borage to lift the spirits and lose the wrinkles!

Borago officinalis Family: Boraginaceae French common name: bourrache Price notes Pliny named the plant euphrosinum. Believed due to the happiness borage instilled. The word borago is possibly from Latin ‘burra’ meaning …

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Red Dead-Nettle loved by bees

Lamium purpureum Family: Lamiaceae (mint or thyme family) This little purple annual tricks us into thinking she is a cousin of the stinging nettle. Even the common name suggests this. Lamium purpureum …

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