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Collecting Self Heal/All Heal (prunella vulgaris) seeds to spread as a living mulch and groundcover

 
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I found some Self Heal/All Heal (prunella vulgaris) growing wild here around some of my blueberry plants.

This plant can be a great low growing perennial ground cover around fruit trees or berry bushes that can also be used for other purposes as well!

It likes moist soil and has been growing for me in a mostly sunny area.

The seeds are really easy to collect from the dried seed heads and transfer to the spot you want them to grow.

Here's a video of the plant growing native in my yard.



Anybody else have this growing wild near them?
 
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Thanks for this video, Steve. I was just thinking of getting some of this going myself, so your video is timely.

 
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That's a good one!

We had a lot of clumps of it growing at our old place and would cut at flowering to dry for infusions.  Subtle taste and mixed nicely with other medicinals as a tonic.

It's another on my list that I forgot to gather seeds or dig some when we moved.

https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/selfhe40.html  

 
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Diane Kistner wrote:Thanks for this video, Steve. I was just thinking of getting some of this going myself, so your video is timely.



Yeah Diane, I was really excited to finding it growing here.

It seems like it is content growing right amongst other plants, which could maximize space and fill in the gaps to minimize other unintended plants from growing.
 
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Judith Browning wrote:That's a good one!

We had a lot of clumps of it growing at our old place and would cut at flowering to dry for infusions.  Subtle taste and mixed nicely with other medicinals as a tonic.

It's another on my list that I forgot to gather seeds or dig some when we moved.

https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/selfhe40.html



I'll have to try the infusion Judith. : ) Do you mix it with honey to sweeten it like it mentioned in the link, or do you just mix it with other medicinals?
 
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Steve Thorn wrote:

Judith Browning wrote:That's a good one!

We had a lot of clumps of it growing at our old place and would cut at flowering to dry for infusions.  Subtle taste and mixed nicely with other medicinals as a tonic.

It's another on my list that I forgot to gather seeds or dig some when we moved.

https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/selfhe40.html



I'll have to try the infusion Judith. : ) Do you mix it with honey to sweeten it like it mentioned in the link, or do you just mix it with other medicinals?



I hardly ever sweeten tea or infusions unless it's something like ashwaganda or a really bitter herb, and then I do only use local raw honey.
The self heal is such a mild subtle flavor that is fine unsweetened even with other herbs.
I used to add a little of it to almost what ever herb I was brewing at the time...passionflower, skullcap, anise hyssop, mint, etc.  I don't think it is a strong medicinal but nice.  

This is reminding me of our crazy 'lawn' at our other place...between us we had so many things marked to 'save' that it was like an obstacle course to mow...and we tried to keep it mowed around the house because of ticks and copperheads.....
 
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I'm the same about saving plants like that. The Self Heal was coming up in an area of my lawn, and I've just let it go wild to preserve it!


 
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The flowers are beautiful too!
Self-Heal-All-Heal-(prunella-vulgaris)-flower.jpg
Self-Heal/All-Heal (prunella vulgaris) flower
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Self-Heal/All-Heal (prunella vulgaris) flower patch
Self-Heal/All-Heal (prunella vulgaris) flower patch
 
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I got a lot of them growing near the woodland edge shaded by taller plants. Some are found in the lawn too but they kept getting mowed down. It is a great idea to keep them near a fruit tree; the flowers are beautiful and attract pollinators. I will start saving some seeds too.
 
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Found this self heal pretty deep in a forest.

It was right along the path, and looked like someone had planted it there for decoration.

I didn't realize it could grow in that much shade. I was excited to find it there!
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This grows all over around here (Vermont).  I never knew what it was called; I'm excited to learn it may have medicinal properties.  And might transplant some or get some seeds to put under my blueberries, too!

Thanks, Steve!
 
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