Self-heal originally lived in Europe. Before the arrival of Columbus and the following hordes of Europeans who came to the shores of North America and traveled inland, there was no self-heal in all the New World. And now, say the botany manuals, self-heal is Found in woods and fields from Newfoundland to Florida and westward across the continent. It is found in gardens and in Lawns and, just as efficiently, it grows along the Shenandoah Skyline high in the Appalachian mountains, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a New Orleans cemetery, or high on the ten thousand foot elevation of Grand Mesa in Colorado. It varies its form somewhat, depending upon its habitat. It may be smaller and more compact, with more deeply colored flowers, or may grow taller and paler. But wherever it grows, the self-heal multiplies and continues its coast-to-coast trek across a continent.
Prunella vulgaris L.
June - August. Lawns, roadsides, woods.
It is at no time a difficult weed. It does not rout grass from a lawn dot flowers from a garden. Rather, it insinuates itself among other vege-tation as part of it, and there it is, from late May until frost, as an integrated part of our native flora.
Long ago in Europe, self-heal was often called heal-all or all-heal, and was believed to be the one remedy for every ailment. It was used extensively in early medicine, especially for treating quinsy and croup. Self-heal has oval, tapering, light green Leaves arranged on a squarish stem. The flowers are produced in a square, many-scaled head. The flowers are lavender-purple above and white below. The plant is no1 more than eight to ten inches high, and in certain situations lies close to the ground.