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Self heal (Prunella Vulgaris)

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Self Heal (Prunella Vulgaris)

The short violet spikes can often be seen on the edge of rides at GreenAcres throughout the summer and are enjoyed by bees and a variety of butterflies. As these spikes can be just 3cm high it frequently survives close mowing which decimates taller wildflowers. Unfortunately this makes it a weed to many people who see them spreading on their lawn and when mowing has little effect they quickly turn to pesticides. Self heal is a member of the mint family which can be distinguished by its square stems.

By Tom Cowley

Fun fact: For hundreds of years the leaves of this herb have been used to promote healing applying it directly to the wound, it is antiseptic, styptic and astringent.
By Tom Cowley

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