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Self-Heal

Prunella vulgaris

Description:

A 5 inch tall mountain wildflower. The purple flowers bloom in a cluster out of a cone at the top of the stem.

Habitat:

Western Montana

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self-heal
Prunella vulgaris


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11 Comments

Ariana
Ariana 9 years ago

Here is a link to a previous posting of a carpenter bee. It is getting fresh with a light bulb in the first image, but there are also photos of it on lavender. I'll see if I can find any more images.

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/604...

yeah, they are great! you have some pics about your carpenter bees? love them! and they protect roses from illnesses.

Ariana
Ariana 9 years ago

I planted lavender for the first time this year, and have consequently had quite a fleet of carpenter bees. I'm also amazed by the vast diversity of lavenders.

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 9 years ago

The bees love my lavender, but the color of the flower is different. Yours has a darker maroon center than the lavenders I have. Just the shape of the flowers are similar. Sounds like a great plant, very helpful information!

they are both Lamiaceae - but this is definitely a Nepetoideae family member... Prunella it is most likely to be

Ariana
Ariana 9 years ago

I think that it looks like lavender, but I did not think that lavender grew in Montana. They are actually quite genetically similar, but not the same species.

U are welcome, and as the name implies, they do have a medical benefit:

I was told (naturally grandma told me about it, that they used it, when she was a kid) that this plant is good for intestinal disease, diarrhea, jaundice, bad wound healing and anaemia. Not quite sure if that all is true...

Wikipedia says:
Heal-all is both edible and medicinal.
It can be used in salads, soups, stews, or boiled as a pot herb. It has been used as an alternative medicine for centuries on just about every continent in the world ( asia mostly), and for just about every ailment, Heal-All is something of a panacea, it does seem to have some medicinal uses that are constant.
The plant's most useful constituents are betulinic acid, D-camphor, delphinidin, hyperoside, manganese, oleanolic acid, rosmarinic acid, rutin, ursolic acid, and tannins.
The whole plant is medicinal as alterative, antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.
It is taken internally as a medicinal tea in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart.
Clinical analysis shows it to have an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of pseudomonas, Bacillus typhi, E. coli, Mycobacterium tuberculi, which supports its use as an alternative medicine internally and externally as an antibiotic and for hard to heal wounds and diseases.

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 9 years ago

It looks like a type of lavender flower.

Ariana
Ariana 9 years ago

Do you know if this plant has medicinal value? Is that the root of the name?

Ariana
Ariana 9 years ago

Thank you Money-mind, I've seen this flower a thousand times throughout my Montana childhood and never had a name for it. I like especially that the name "self-heal" is rather poetic.

Ariana
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Ariana

Montana, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2011
Submitted on Jul 18, 2011

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