Plant of the day: selfheal

These small sturdy towers of purple flowers are usually found in meadows and wet places. Though it only grows to be about five inches tall, it’s a hardy and versatile little plant – Prunella vulgaris is found in every state in the continental US as well as in Europe, Asia and many parts of Canada.

As the name suggests, this is also a traditional medicinal plant that has been used in teas, in stews and for compresses.The square stem and two-lipped flower reveals this flower as a member of the mint family.

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