Jun 12 2010

Heal-all

Published by at 7:08 am under Plants


Heal-all (Prunella Vulgaris) may be a weed but it’s good for us.  Also known as Selfheal, it’s a medicinal plant with antibacterial qualities that treats a wide variety of illnesses. 

My Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide doesn’t call it “non-native” because its presence pre-dates known travel records.  Did it come here on its own or did people bring it?  A plant this useful may have come with the first travelers across the land bridge from Asia.  And now it’s here to stay. 

Watch for Heal-all blooming throughout the summer.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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