Saturday, June 11, 2011
Prunella vulgaris--Heal-All or Self-Heal
This plant is called for Heal-All and Self-Heal. Does it cure itself when it gets sick? I don't know. But I do know that it has been considered a panacea in many different cultures for a very long time. It has been used for pink eye, diarrhea, sore throat, internal bleeding and on and on. All parts are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked, although it is a bit bitter. Because of the taste, many herbivores don't eat it. But bees and butterflies use the nectar.
It has pretty purple flowers and can make a lovely ground cover in part shade. However, it can be invasive.
I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago, but it has a long bloom season so it is probably still flowering in the herb garden at the UC Botanical Garden.