A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 60 – Heal-All


“Heal-All” – Summer 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Today is my birthday… But I prefer to think of it as my b-earth-day… And after 34 of them I can say without a doubt… I could live without them… But social conventions dictate I at least mention it… So yay for me…

Todays plant is the super sexy Prunella vulgaris… Though I prefer the common name “Heal-All”… I have also heard it called “Self-Heal”…

Heal-Al is not really one of those plants people take note of… It is rather small… The flowers are light-purple and insignificant… This plant will grow in almost condition… In fact… It is actually considered a weed in much of its range… Not exactly invasive… But when found growing in the garden 9 out of 10 people would pull it… And that’s why I chose it today… Because… That’s how I feel much of the time…

Heal-All is a magical plant… It is edible…It is a medicine… It has been utilized by Native-Americans throughout history… And yet 99% of us would step on it without even giving it a second thought…

I want to go on ahead and say I am not trying to suggest we do anything different… A plant growing where it is not supposed to grow is technically a weed… Heal-All also seems to actively spread seeds… When I find a patch of seedlings I rarely find just one… They grow in a thick mat wherever they germinate… And honestly… I pull it out all the time from clients properties… But I also strategically let some grow… It just takes a little bit of observation to pull the flowers off before they go to seed… Though the shallow rooted seedlings are easy to pull…

That’s it… Like I said… It’s my birthday and I have things to do…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunella_vulgaris

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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9 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 60 – Heal-All

  1. … and thanks for linking two of my posts here – wondered where the extra visits came from!


  2. Only saw this post today. (1st March). Happy birthday for the 17th. I enjoy this blog immensely. Thanks for being around.


  3. kathyequinn says:

    I like the “Heal-all” and Happy Birthday


  4. Aggie says:

    Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow. A near miss or match.


  5. randomrose says:

    Happy Birthday and thank you for such an interesting blog, I don’t often comment but I do read most of the time and always enjoy and learn


  6. yay for you…and many more…
    Love, hugs and blessings…
    ME and the Boss


  7. Cathy says:

    Where the grass doesn’t grow we see this and ajuga growing, so I let it spread. Happy birthday Chris!


  8. acondello says:

    Happy birthday Chris. We love you.


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