or Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
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Healall or Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
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(Healall or Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) - 01
This patch of healall grows near the road in front of our home.
Healall was originally imported to the United States from Europe as a medicinal
herb for healing all kinds of wounds, which led to its other common name, selfheal.
(Healall or Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) - 01a
The flowers of the healall grow from a spike that looks somewhat like a small
green corn cob. The leaves are ovate and grow opposite one another in
alternating directions. We have observed that healall generally have one
stem, which, if cut, will form branches with separate flower spikes at the end of each branch.
(Healall or Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) - 03
In this enlarged photo of one of the healall flowers, we can observe the detail
of the upper and lower lips (petals) that form the corolla (flower head).
The lower lip has frilly edges, and the upper lip forms a hood over the pistil
and stamens. We can also see the individual cells of the petals.
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