Species: Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)

Family: Mints and Dead-Nettles (LAMIACEAE or LABIATAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Mints and Dead-Nettles (LAMIACEAE or LABIATAE)

Often aromatic, the members of this large family have square stems, and usually undivided leaves in opposite pairs. The flowers are normally two-lipped and open-mouthed.

C. Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)

There is scarcely a lawn in the country that does not have this tough native plant, with its violet flowers abundant in June. As its name implies self-heal is astringent and styptic, and an infusion is used as an antiseptic gargle and to treat internal and external bleeding. Make the infusion by boiling in milk and straining.

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Selfheal

Barely a lawn in the country will not have this tough native plant, Selfheal, with its violet flowers abundant in June.

Selfheal

As its name implies Selfheal can be used to treat internal and external bleeding.

Selfheal

Selfheal is a member of the Mints and Dead-Nettle family characterised by plants with square stems and undivided leaves.

Selfheal

Although Selfheal can duck down beneath a lawnmower's blades, it can also stand tall and grow up to 30 centimetres high. When we cleared a patch of brambles in the Cemetery, the next year a colony of Selfheal - free of its entanglement - shot up above its surrounding grass to this sort of height.