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Amir Salvatore
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I noticed this flowering last spring in my yard during.. spring-ish? It looks like a purple prairie clover, but not exactly. I tried to research but can't seem to find it. I checked the roots of the plant and I can't find any pink nodes on the roots to see if fixes nitrogen that way, since Dalea is a legume I believe.
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Flowering(during spring or summer)
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what it looks like on the ground (taken today)
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dried (taken today)
 
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i could be way wrong here, but this reminds me of self heal, prunella
a different variety than the common prunella vulgaris



 
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This whole time I was looking at the wrong plant huh? Ah, how embarrassing.

So I did some research and it certainly does look like some variety of Prunella. I also compared the seeds that I had saved earlier in the year and they seem to match. I see that it's quite the medicinal plant too, and seems to have some good uses. According to MountainRoseHerbs, it doesn't appear to have any side effects either... although they only mention using the leaves and flowers, whereas wiki says the entire plant can be used. Awesome !
 
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i think its possible that being wrong is good for the soul, at least this is what i tell myself =)

and yeah it looks like prunella, but the picture of the leaves is a little different and the color is a bit different than the one i am used to....so its possibly a different subspecies. there are some prunellas that people grow in their gardens..this could be either one of those or maybe naturalized from someone planting those. perhaps its even reverting back to its wilder form...or its just slight differences with them in your region. the ones i see are darker purple. there is a blue one too.

its a native anyway, at least self heal is a native, and the other varieties are also native all over the country.
as far as i know the entire plant is edible/medicinal
 
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yeah, I think you're right on that one. Now that I think about it, practically most of what we learn is from being "wrong" in some sense

so its possibly a different subspecies. there are some prunellas that people grow in their gardens..this could be either one of those or maybe naturalized from someone planting those. perhaps its even reverting back to its wilder form...or its just slight differences with them in your region. the ones i see are darker purple. there is a blue one too.


this info is very helpful, thank you. I'm really new to plants, so it broadens my understanding of them a little(: I agree, the photos of my prunella flowering does appear a lighter purple. I will observe next year and take a better picture (since I forgot to take a good one this year whilst in full bloom), and I'll either PM you or post back on here. Also I'm not sure if this helps, but the area the plant is currently growing is in zone 7b in fine sandy loam, on the edge of a hardwood wetland forest, and is surrounded by moss everywhere I see it growing(I actually just transplanted a few into an experimental herb bed and surrounded it with moss to mimic where I found it!). It doesn't get much sun either.. which makes me wonder if the low sun characteristic accounts for the lighter purple in the flower? hmm.
 
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