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Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Prunella vulgaris

Other names

Selfheal, Square stem, Thimble flower, Sickle-heal, Sicklewort, Slough-heal, Hookweed, Panay, Proud carpenter, Herb carpenter, Hercules' all-heal, Hook-heal, Carpenter's herb, Heart of the earth, Brunel, Caravaun bog, Carpenter grass, Blue curls, Brownwort, Heal-all

Genus

Prunella Prunella

Species

P. vulgaris - P. vulgaris is a creeping perennial with short erect spikes of deep violet tubular flowers.


Prunella vulgaris is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Creeping, Spreading

Flower

Dark-blue, Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple, Dark-blue in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to prevent self-seeding, as often considered invasive.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or part shade in most well-drained soils.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Prunella vulgaris

Other names

Selfheal, Square stem, Thimble flower, Sickle-heal, Sicklewort, Slough-heal, Hookweed, Panay, Proud carpenter, Herb carpenter, Hercules' all-heal, Hook-heal, Carpenter's herb, Heart of the earth, Brunel, Caravaun bog, Carpenter grass, Blue curls, Brownwort, Heal-all

Genus

Prunella Prunella

Species

P. vulgaris - P. vulgaris is a creeping perennial with short erect spikes of deep violet tubular flowers.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Creeping, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Dark-blue, Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple, Dark-blue in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to prevent self-seeding, as often considered invasive.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or part shade in most well-drained soils.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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