Self-heal facts

Self-heal is a plant that attracts butterflies and bees when flower. This plant is the member of the mint family which shares square stems as a common. The plant was used to cure various health problems. Self-heal is the medicinal and edible and medicinal herb which are also added in salads, stews, soups and boiled as pot herb. This herb is used as an alternative medicine for the centuries on every continent of the world to heal the ailments.

Name Self-heal
Scientific Name Prunella vulgaris
Native Europe, North America and Asia
Common/English Name Prunella, Wound Root, Brunella, Woundwort, All Heal, Slough Heal, Heal all, Dragonhead, Blue Curls, Hook-Heal, Hercules, Carpenter’s Herb, Heart of the Earth, Common Self-Heal, Xia Ku Cao, Narrowleaf selfheal, Mountain selfheal, American self-heal, Lanceleaf selfheal
Name in Other Languages German: Gemeine Brunelle;
Chinese: Xia Ku Cao;
Swedish: Brunört;
Norwegian: Blåkoll;
Danish: Almindelig Brunelle;
Finland: Niittyhumala;
Icelandic: Blákolla;
Greek: Apsiphiá;
Spanish: betonica del pais;
Japanese: kagoso;
Korean: hagoch’o
Plant Growth Habit Fibrous rooted, herbaceous
Soil Moist, well-drained
Plant Size 2 feet
Lifespan Perennial
Stalks Length: 5 cm (2 inches)
Stem Square, reddish stems
Leaf Lance shaped, ovate, entire or slightly-toothed, Length:0.8-2.8 inches
Flowering Season April to June
Flower Blue to violet; Length: 1- 2 inches , Width: 1 inch
Fruit shape & size Smooth, egg-shaped
Calyx Reddish, light green, hairy
Fruit Taste Bitter, slightly pungent
Fruit Season June-August


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