There are historical records that state that a sample of the herb was found at Shanidar IV, probably around c. 60,000BC at a flower burial in Northern Iraq.
It is a perennial plant that flowers between June and August and the seeds begin to ripen from July to September.
Leaves are found to be evenly and uniformly distributed along the stem.
Those that are near the bottom of the stem are found to be the largest.
The plant is hermaphrodite and thus has both male and female species reproductive organs.
The plant grows in the wild as well as in grasslands and emits s sweet smell.
The herb is seen to survive in all types of soil conditions as well as weather conditions.
Due to its capacity to withstand drought, the herb is often used for to protect the soil against erosion.
The plant is also seen to have roots that invade through the soil very quickly.
Well drained soils are the best for cultivation of the plant.
The plant is often grown in gardens and orchards as a companion plant. The pollination of the plant is done through insects.
Some of the chemical constituents that are believed to be present in the plant are salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, tannins, coumarins, isovaleric acid and flavonoids.
Leaves are often used for green salads though a certain amount of caution should be exercised. In some cultures, the leaves and flowers make up a rather acceptable combination for an aromatic tea. Flowering heads are used to make oil that is sometimes used as a flavoring agent for soft drinks. Leaves of the plant are also used as a preservative for beer.