This strongly scented plant blooms from June to the end of August. Due to its medicinal properties, it was spread all over the world. It grows mainly in places where there is a high ammonia content in the soil due to animal manure.
The plant has many uses in ancient medicine. For instance, it was used to induce contractions and acts as an antipyretic. It also helps against migraines. The herb is most effective before flowering. For use in autumn and winter, the leaves can be frozen.
Culturally, it is used as a spread on bread, in spice cakes and in tea. The flavour is rather tart to bittersweet.