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Prunella vulgaris

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Moist, rich
Bloom Time: Purple flowers in July, August
Size: 6-12 inches in height

Selfheal is easy to grow under most conditions and can be aggressive. The common name comes from worldwide medicinal use of this plant. The leaves can be eaten cooked or raw. The plant commonly found in lawns is thought to be the Eurasian variety. Native to Cape Cod and the US.

Garden Companions

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Nature Benefits

• Flowers attract bees, small butterflies, and skippers.
• Larval host for the Clouded Sulphur Butterfly.
• Provides nectar for the Zabulon Skipper.

Natural Habitat

Occurs in meadows and fields, woodland borders, roadsides.

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