All-Heal, Heart of the Earth: Well I'll be darned!

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All-Heal, Heart of the Earth

By wildflowers
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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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
Aug 2, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Good article and info! I've seen these all my life in lawns in the PNW.
Name: Christine
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Aug 2, 2017 8:51 AM CST
Greg, thank you for reading. I'm very glad you enjoyed the article. I tip my hat to you.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Brinybay
Aug 2, 2017 1:07 PM CST
I may have to back-track on that. This may not be the same plant. The ones I'm thinking of don't get very high, at least not around here. The plant I'm thinking of doesn't get more than a few inches tall. At least as far as I know, they usually get mowed with the rest of the lawn. Next time I see some I'll avoid mowing them and see what happens.
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Aug 2, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Can you post a picture? It's pretty common that the plant doesn't get very tall. It depends on the growing conditions. I've noticed that the plants that get mowed will come back but they stay shorter and will flower while the plant stays short, if that makes sense.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Brinybay
Aug 2, 2017 1:34 PM CST
wildflowers said:Can you post a picture? It's pretty common that the plant doesn't get very tall. It depends on the growing conditions. I've noticed that the plants that get mowed will come back but they stay shorter and will flower while the plant stays short, if that makes sense.


It does. These are the ones I'm referring to. They're only a couple inches tall.

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Name: Christine
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Aug 2, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Yes, that positively is Prunella vulgaris (Heal All) flowering there in your picture Thumbs up and it looks like a few leaves of something else, possibly Geranium of some kind.

I think it's the plants way of surviving. It will flower and go to seed. You may have seen dandelions do the same thing.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
Aug 2, 2017 2:53 PM CST
wildflowers said:Yes, that positively is Prunella vulgaris (Heal All) flowering there in your picture Thumbs up and it looks like a few leaves of something else, possibly Geranium of some kind.

I think it's the plants way of surviving. It will flower and go to seed. You may have seen dandelions do the same thing.


Here's a pic I just took. Same patch, except they were all brown except for a few. You can get a size comparison with the cedar container next to it.

I looked carefully at the original pic, you're right, the "geranium" is a Herb Robert, aka "Stinky Bobs" (my preferred choice of name.) I pull those up as soon as I see them.

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Name: Christine
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Aug 2, 2017 3:30 PM CST
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