The common name for this plant tells the story. Heal-All has had so many medicinal uses there would be no other name as fitting. It has been made into a drink to use as a tonic, the leaves tea for heart ailments, the juice and leaves ointments and poultices for injuries and bruises, and the list goes on.
Self-Heal’s native origin is Europe but the plant has naturalized over much of the continent.
The foot high stems bear purple to pink hooded flowers throughout the Summer.
It is a deep-rooted plant that will form dense mattes.
Use it in areas needing a tough groundcover free of delicate plants that it might compete with.
This plant will inhabit open disturbed sites as well as moist areas in USDA zones 1-11.
Photo below center courtesy of Jerry Oldenettel.