Index- plants in this Family
Lamiaceae / Mint
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
Selfheal is also known as Heal-all.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 70cm in height (28inches). It is often sprawling in dense patches. The stem is square and may be hairy or almost hairless.
Leaves: The leaf arrangement is opposite. The leaves usually appear entire or may be slightly toothed. The leaves are generally ovate and obtuse, but there can be a great deal of variation in the leaf shape. The lower leaves are born on long stems while the upper ones may be stemless. The leaves do not have a mint smell.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape . They are purple sometimes pink or lavender. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into mid fall. The lower lip of the flower has a fringed edge
Habitat: Fields, fencerows and gardens.
Range: All of North America except northern Canada

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Daniel Reed

This plant is almost universally referred to as a "common weed". Although it's common name suggests great healing power and the Latin prunella comes from the name of a disease that infected German soldiers in the sixteenth century, there is no evidence that it has any medical value.

The many variations found in the plant may come from the crossing of native and old world varieties.



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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Lamiaceae
Mint
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Prunella
Selfheal

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