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Self-Heal

Prunella vulgaris

Also known as

Common Self-Heal, Heal-All, Woundwort, Heart-Of-The-Earth, Carpenter's Herb, Brownwort, Blue Curls, Selfheal, Self Heal, All-Heal, Blue Lucy, Brunel, Caravaun Bog, Carpenter Grass, Carpenter's Square, Herb Carpenter, Heart Of The Earth, Hercules' All-Heal, Hook-Heal, Hookweed

Prunella vulgaris - harilik käbihein by Ivar Leidus (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Self-Heal

A close up of some purple Prunella vulgaris flowers growing in some grass
Some purple flowered Prunella vulgaris plants with green leaves
A close up of a purple Prunella vulgaris flower
A close up of some purple Prunella vulgaris flowers

Self-Heal Overview

Prunella vulgaris is an edible, semi-evergreen perennial species in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is known by a range of common names including Self-Heal, Blue Curls and Heart of the Earth. It typically grows to around 30m in height, producing oblong to oval-shaped foliage on creeping stems. Flowers are borne on unbranched, indeterminate inflorescences termed spikes, these are similar to a raceme, but with sessile flowers, these are attached directly to the spike without stalks. Flowers are typically purple, however white and pink blooms have been observed, the flowers are tubular and appear from summer to early autumn. It has a mat-forming habit and is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full or partial sun, in very moist soil for optimal growth.

Common problems with Self-Heal

How to propagate Self-Heal

Seed

Division

Special features of Self-Heal

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Self-Heal

Medicinal. Attracts butterflies

Seedball - Hedgehog Mix

Sow seeds March-May or mid August-mid November. Flowers between mid-April to mid-September.

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Hedgerow and Verges Mixed

Hardy annuals and perennials that can be seed sown for colour.

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