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Prunella vulgaris

Brunelle commune
Selfheal

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white,

purple

Flower size

13-15 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Ovate

Height

10-30 cm

Description

The tough, square stems emerge from a creeping base.

Flowers

The flowers, violet blue, sometimes white, in whorls, are borne from a somewhat square tube (1-5 cm). Directly below the flower-head is a set of leaves.

Leaves

Ovate leaf is egg-shaped, wider at base, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Egg-shaped to long, wider in the middle and pointed, opposite on the stem, serrated or not.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: dry, does not split open when ripe, many seeds.

Edible

Leaves.

Medical

Whole plant: used to heal wounds. Made into an infusion it was used to treat sore throats, thrush and gum infections; also to treat diarrhoea.

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