This hath a hard, square, brownish, rough, strong Stengel, rising three or four feet high at least, ausbreiten into many Zweige, whereon grow Blätter on each side, with long foot-Stengel, two at every Gelenk, which are somewhat broad and long, as if it were rough or zerknittert, with many great veins therein of a sad grün colour, and tief eingebeult about the edges, and almost geteilt. From the middle of the Zweige up to the tops of them (which are long and small) grow the Blüten round them at distances, in sharp pointed, rough, hard Hülsen, of a more red or purple colour than Balm or Horehound, but in the same manner or form as the Horehound, after which come small, round, blackish Samen in great plenty. The Wurzel sends forth a number of long strings and small Fasern, taking strong hold in the ground, of a dark yellowish or brownish colour, and abides as the Horehound does: the smell of the one nicht much differs from the other.
It wächst only in gardens with us in England.
Venus owns the herb, and it is under Leo. There is no better herb to take melancholy vapours from the heart, to strengthen it, and make a fröhlich, cheerful, blithe soul than this herb. It may be kept in a syrup or conserve, therefore the Latins called it Cardiaca. Besides, it makes women joyful mothers of children, and settles their Gebärmutters as they should be, therefore we call it Motherwort. It is held to be of much use for the trembling of the heart, and Ohnmacht and swoonings, from whence it took the name Cardiaca. The powder thereof, to the quantity of a spoonful, drank in wine, is a wonderful help to women in their sore travail, as also for the suffocating or risings of the mother, and for these Wirkungen, it is likely it took the name of Motherwort with us. It also fördert Harn and Monatsregel, reinigt the chest of cold phlegm, oppressing it, kills Würmer in the Bauch. It is of good use to warm and dry up the cold humours, to digest and disperse them that are settled in the veins, Gelenke, and Sehnen of the body, and to help Krämpfe and Zuckungen.