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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Plant Spread: it has a creeping habit and can spread
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: Bitter-tasting
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 1 month cold moist treatment
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: May germinate without stratification.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

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All-Heal, Heart of the EarthAll-Heal, Heart of the Earth
By wildflowers on March 22, 2012

Some may call it a common weed while others call it a wildflower, or as its name implies some still call it a medicinal herb. All-heal grows practically all over the world and has been regarded as a healing plant since ancient times.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 15, 2011 9:49 PM

Heal-all is a low-growing plant; most consider it a common lawn weed. It thrives in moist wasteland and grass, and spreads easily and quickly. It's a member of the mint family and has a square stem, common to mints. Some species are used to treat a range of minor disorders, giving it its common name. It was used by Native Americans for a variety of traditional medicinal treatments which haven't been scientifically proven, but Prunella vulgaris has been shown to be an antioxidant, immune stimulant, viral replication inhibitor and an anti-inflammatory agent. It is still being clinically tested for these uses.

Prunella species are also used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.

Some also use the leaves as a food source in salads. (Slightly bitter tasting)

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jul 16, 2014 7:43 PM

Native in the Pacific Northwest, found at forest edges, roadsides, clearings, and fields.

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Posted by Whitebeard (Riverhead, NY - Zone 7a) on Jul 5, 2016 7:18 PM

It's effective as ground cover, and tolerates foot traffic. Growth that's walked on will not bloom.

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