Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris v. lanceolata) Seed Packet WW


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A perennial herb with a long, renowned history of medicinal use (thus its common name “self-heal”). Surely this one is on every herbalist’s checklist. But its value doesn't stop there - its low-growing, spreading habit makes a great ground cover and its blooms are no less than gorgeous. Numerous small, deep velvety-purple, snapdragon-like flowers are cradled in burgundy bracts and occur in spires at the end of each elongated stalk. The flower spires are truly eye-catching, not only to us humans, but to a whole host of pollinators! There is an introduced, weedy form (Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris) from Europe that is often found in lawns and waysides but it’s nowhere near as attractive as this native - so please don’t confuse them!

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Height: 4” to 20”
  • Annual/perennial: perennial
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade
  • Bloom time: late spring - early summer
  • Zones: 6-10 Habitat: Moist meadow and woodland openings. Considered drought tolerant in summer.
  • Stratification: short - if any. Cool temps may enhance germination.


Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

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