Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), packet of 50 seeds, organic

(2 customer reviews)

$3.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9
(Heal-All, Heart-of-the-Earth, Self Heal) Creeping herbaceous perennial, native to Europe.  In the garden or among the grasses on the lawn, a floral focal point or a surprising splash of color that gladdens the heart.  Traditional usage (TWM): astringent, analgesic, antiviral, open sores of the oral mucosa, herpes.  The flowers are most useful. Pick at full flowering glory and dry in the shade, then set aside for making tea.   The plant prefers full sun to shade and moist soils.  If you bump them up with organic compost, they can be highly florific and stunning, otherwise a small demure blinking blue eye in the grasses.  Sow seed in early spring or cold-condition in moist medium in the refrigerator (not the freezer) for a week or two before sowing in warm soil.  Really a very easy plant to start and to grow.  Flowers purple from 6 inches to 18 inches, depending on how much compost is used and how much competition is experienced from grasses.
50 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Dawn Paterson

    easy to grow

    Dawn Paterson

    12 of 12 seeds germinated in 3 weeks this spring.

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  2. Question

    Wendy (verified owner)

    is this Prunella vulgaris the subspecies lanceolata or vulgaris? Does one have more medicinal value over the other? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      This is not the ssp lanceolata. I would stick with the vulgaris for medicinal use.

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    • Kaen

      Is it annual or perennial?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Karen,
      thanks for contacting! If you double-click on the photo you get the monograph that explains these kinds of things. Here’s a clip from self-heal: Creeping herbaceous perennial, native to Europe. 
      Richo

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    • Lila McClellan

      I had this plant in my greenhouse in a pot with the soil moderately moist and plenty of sun but it died. It just diasappeared. Maybe it doesn’t like temps that are 80°? Of maybe it wasn’t moist enough soil? I don’t think it had a bug infestation, at least I didn’t notice any. Any suggestions?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi lila, thanks for writing and sorry about the self heal. bugs don’t really eat self heal. it likes to grow in a shady area and will take full sun as long as the roots are relatively moist and cool (like in a grass thatch). Probably in the greenhouse the roots just got too hot. Keep going, each one of these occurrences can be considered like an experiment, and we move on, making use of the results. RAC

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    • Lila McClellan (verified owner)

      can I sow these seeds in the fall outside in zone 5?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi lila, thanks for wanting to grow this dainty little medicinal. it would be better to plant in a pot in a greenhouse now, or to plant outdoors in the spring. r

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    Lucie

    Live in zone 10. Can I grow this

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Lucie, Yes, but choose cool, moist shade. If you have a moist grassy spot,they will grow there. Richo

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    Heidi R.

    Can these be grown in a large terra cotta pot indoors?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Heidi, Yes, probably, they like moist shade and they are a very forgiving plant.
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      Jill Elia

      Can it be sown in the fall?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I think so, this is when the seed falls from the seedhead in nature. r

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    • chuck

      Is this Spica Prunellae?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi, That’s pharmaceutical Latin for Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) flowers. Richo

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