Seed
Seedling
Flowering Plant

Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Wild Flower

(Prunella vulgaris)

Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.

Uses

Generally used as part of a perennial meaow mixture.

Persistence

It is a perennial species.

Strengths

It is a low growing, creeping species, that may be useful if a low growing sward height is required.

Ideal Sowing Time

Sow in autumn or spring.

Management

The plant can struggle in swards dominated by tall growing grasses or other dominant wild flowers, especially if the area is not cut or managed regularly.

Distinguishing characteristics

Seed

Seed
This is a very small seed, with an oblong shape, that tapers to a blunt point. It is dark brown and shiny and is generally no more than 2mm in length.

Seedling

Seedling
The seedling has a pair of shallow heart shaped seedlings, with a blunt, notched tip. The first true leaves are similarly heart or club shaped.

Flowering Plant

Flowering Plant
This is a low growing, downy species with square stems. The leaves are rounded and oval, on short stalks. Its rooting system has a creeping habit. The flowers are arranged in a spikelike inflorescence, usually purple to violet in colour.

Additional Info

Flowers from June - September. This species reaches a maximum height of around 30cm.

You can find Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) in the following mixtures