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036  Ballota nigra L.


Nome comune: Cimiciotta comune, Marrubio selvatico, Marrubio fetido

Ballota nigra (Black Horehound) is a perennial herb of the family Lamiaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and to central Asia, and can be found throughout Europe and the Eastern United States. It is a garden plant that has medicinal properties, believed to ease nausea and vomiting, particularly morning sickness and also acts as a mild sedative. Ballota nigra has a very strong smell, and can be recognised by its clusters of hairy, reddish-purple flowers. It can grow up to 3 feet in height.