Prunella vulgaris
(Heal All)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Heal All, Self-Heal, Common Self-Heal, Woundwort, Heart-of-the-Earth, Carpenter's Herb, Brownwort, Blue Curls
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 2 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - September
    Status: Native

Prunella vulgaris, or Heal All, is native to the entire continental United States. It grows in open woods, as well as woodland edges, as well as in lawns, fields, meadows and prairies. It blooms in mid spring to early fall, often blooming several times, or in lawns, coming back from being mowed with new flowers. It has small purple flowers that resemble orchids with their fringed edges.

This is the only species in this genus in the US, and it is easily identified by its many small purple flowers on erect stems, that have a fringed edge, and also by its many hairy bracts on the flower head. See photo for detail.

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