Self-heal • Heal-all

Prunella vulgaris
  • Description: Perennial, rhizomatous herb with spreading stems, 10 – 50cm long. Smooth, lance-shaped leaves give rise to terminal spikes of purple flowers.
  • Habitat: Seeps, moist areas, clearings, fields, roadsides, lawns, and forest edges.
  • Harvest: Leaves and flowers in mid-summer.
  • Edibility: The flowers and leaves are used in tea and as medicine.
  • Fun Fact: Self-heal is a truly cosmopolitan species, and is documented on every continent. It has many medicinal uses, as the name suggests, but it does not, in fact, ‘heal all’ afflictions.

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