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Prunella vulgaris

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Also known as

Common Self-Heal, Heal-All, Woundwort, Heart-Of-The-Earth, Carpenter's Herb, Brownwort, Blue Curls, Selfheal, Blue Lucy, Brunel, Caravaun Bog, Carpenter Grass, Carpenter's Square, Heart Of The Earth, Hercules' All-Heal, Hook-Heal, Hookweed

Prunella vulgaris - harilik käbihein by Ivar Leidus (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some purple Prunella vulgaris flowers growing in some grass
Some purple flowered Prunella vulgaris plants with green leaves
A close up of a purple Prunella vulgaris flower
A close up of some purple Prunella vulgaris flowers

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Self-Heal Overview

Prunella vulgaris is an edible, semi-evergreen perennial species in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is known by a range of common names including Self-Heal, Blue Curls and Heart of the Earth. It typically grows to around 30m in height, producing oblong to oval-shaped foliage on creeping stems. Flowers are borne on unbranched, indeterminate inflorescences termed spikes, these are similar to a raceme, but with sessile flowers, these are attached directly to the spike without stalks. Flowers are typically purple, however white and pink blooms have been observed, the flowers are tubular and appear from summer to early autumn. It has a mat-forming habit and is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full or partial sun, in very moist soil for optimal growth.

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Special features of Self-Heal

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Self-Heal

Medicinal. Attracts butterflies