Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata (Self-Heal, Heal-All)


 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons






 Lamiaceae – Mint family


 Prunella L. – selfheal


 Prunella vulgaris L. – common selfheal


 Prunella vulgaris L. ssp. lanceolata (W. Bartram) Hultén – lance selfheal

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.

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