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Prunella vulgaris

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Self Heal

Conservation Status

Green, least concern

Best Time to See

Flowers from June to September

Natural Habitat

Grassland, wood clearings, rough ground, lawns.

A quirky violet-blue wildflower with a squarish, compact head on short erect stems.

Its leaves are hairy, stalked, scarcely toothed, often purple tinged and oval to diamond-shaped. The plant often forms a mat.

Found throughout the UK.

Did you know…
As its name suggests, selfheal was traditionally used in herbal remedies – particularly for sore throats. For this reason it was named Brunella, or Prunella, from Braune, the German for quinsy.

The rounded middle tooth of the upper lip of the calyx looks like a hook and was taken as the signature of a vulnerary (wound-healing) herb. for more information



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