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Prunella vulgaris (Common selfheal)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Prunella vulgaris

Prunella vulgaris L.

Common selfheal

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: PRVU

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), HI (I), CAN (NI), SPM (N)

This low, perennial is easily recognized by its erect, many-flowered spikes and associated, overlapping, hairy bracts. The square stem has dense, cylindrical, terminal spikes of purple flowers; the spikes elongate after flowering. It is often considered a weed of lawns and moist shady spots. A form that flowers when only 2 (5 cm) tall has become common in lawns. Its common name derives from wide use as a herbal remedy for throat ailments.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Leaf: Gray-Green
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Throughout much of North America, except far north.
Native Habitat: Gardens, fields, roadsides.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Conditions Comments: Its favorite habitat includes moist fields, gardens, pastures and along woodland edges in the eastern and southern portions of Texas. It can be grown most anywhere, with a little extra water in very dry conditions. In very hot areas, give it a spot that is protected from the hot afternoon sun.

Benefit

Use Wildlife: Self-heal is a favorite of bumblebees and butterflies.
Use Medicinal: Heal-all has long been used in folk medicine as a salve for flesh wounds, and an infusion derived from Heal-all is traditional remedy for strep throat and aiments of the respiratory system. (Strickland) For boils. (Weiner)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Clouded sulphur butterfly
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Prunella vulgaris is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

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National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC FACU FACU FAC FACU FAC FAC FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Bibliography

Bibref 1207 - Earth Medicine, Earth Food (1990) Michael A. Weiner

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Prunella vulgaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prunella vulgaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prunella vulgaris

Metadata

Record Modified: 2008-05-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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