THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. I HAVE A LOT OF WILDFLOWER PAGES TO ADD FROM 2019 OBSERVATIONS. I WILL COME BACK LATER AND ADD DESCRIPTIONS BUT YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Heal-All, Common Self-Heal, Woundwort, Heart-of-the-Earth, Carpenter’s Herb, Brownwort, and Blue Curls
Prunella vulgaris L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this plant. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second edition of the first volume of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Accepted infraspecific names: Prunella vulgaris subsp. asiatica (Nakai) H.Hara, Prunella vulgaris subsp. estremadurensis Franco, Prunella vulgaris subsp. hispida (Benth.) Hultén, Prunella vulgaris subsp. lanceolata (W.P.C.Barton) Piper & Beattie, Prunella vulgaris subsp. vulgaris.
Plants of the World Online lists 8 accepted species and hybrids in the Prunella genus (as of 7-31-19 when I am updating this page). The genus is a member of the Lamiaceae Family with a total of 236 genera. Those numbers may change periodically as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Prunella vulgaris is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is basically the same.
There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help you with plant ID.
2019 was a great year for identifying new wildflower species on the farm. I first spotted the Prunella vulgaris in the southeast corner of the farm near the swampy area. Later I spotted quite a few growing along the back fence and near the pond. I sold the cows earlier in the year and I think they had been eating several wildflower species since I hadn’t noticed them before.
I have a lot of wildflower pages to add, so I am going to get that done and come back and add descriptions later. You can go to the links at the bottom of the page and read descriptions if you like.
Wikipedia says this plant is edible and can be used in salads, soups, stews, and as a potherb. It can also be used as a tea. The plant is considered by the Chinese to “change the course of a chronic disease”. The plant contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as flavonoids, rutin, and many other chemical constituents.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky. There are many great sources of information online besides the ones below. If you found a site you liked you would like to share, please let me know and I will add it to the list.
NOTE: Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date database. It is very hard for some to keep with name changes these days so you may find a few discrepancies between the websites. Just be patient. Hopefully, someday they will be in harmony. 🙂