Herbaceous plant Self Heal

Some common self-heal
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Positive On Oct 9, 2011, risingcreek from sun city, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

this plant is a very prolific grower if there is water available. grows year round in creek bed, the bees like it (a plus) so i leave it alone unless it shows up in the vegetables. the smell is sort of unpleasant but not stinky, if that makes sense.

Neutral On May 19, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is sowing itself in a dry bare spot under a Juniper tree. I am investing more energy to naturescaping with natives in my garden, and sure enough Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris spp.lanceolata) is on the list of native ground covers! It is mat forming, very low, not a tangled mess (in May), neat simple deep green leaves, and flowers that are a benefit for nectar seeking butterflies (apparently). My rating is neutral since it remains to be seen how nice of a neighbor it will be, native or not, but if something other than an actual weed wants to grow in my dry shade, have at it.

Negative On Apr 12, 2010, postoak7 from Statham, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has self-sown aggressively for me in the GA piedmont. Working now to get rid of it.

On Feb 17, 2007, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I'm in forming a small colony..not invasive though, i have had it about 3 years and haven't seen it sprading anyway besides where I planted it, Mine does NOT bloom repeatedly...

On Oct 30, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I find this plant to be very invasive here in my zone 8b PNW garden. It self sows everywhere. Luckily it's easy enough to pull out unwanted plants but it comes up so thickly that you'll be doing a lot of pulling.

On Oct 28, 2006, jacobhugh from Eugene, OR wrote:

Prunella vulgaris is a wonderful "alternative lawn". It stays green all summer, needs less mowing and looks great all winter here in the Pacific Northwest. Most alternatives look ratty and meadowy by mid-summer, but Prunella stays green and healthy. A photo of my front "lawn" is posted.

On Aug 8, 2005, DawnG from Chardon, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

While this plant has a long history of medicinal uses, I have had a bad reaction to it. If I hit it with a weed-wacker, I begin to cough uncontrollably and I can't draw a full breath. The effect goes away if I leave the immediate area, only lasting a minute or...


Info on Talinum

2003-07-03 13:22:27 by pro

Information I gleaned from the USDA plant database: plants.usda.gov/index.html Enter Scientific Name as Talinum
Talinum Adans. - gives you all varieties and maps of where they are present - click on a map to get information for that variety
- Talinum calycinum or parviflorum - most common varieties present in the central states from Texas to Minnesota/Nebraska.
- all varieties native to U.S.
Some common names:
Fameflower
Sunbright
Jewels of Opar (not common but a cool name, no?)
- Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub or Subshrub
- Native to the United States
- Talinum calycinum had a botanical illustration which showed a rhizhome (like an iris)
- Purslane family like Lewisia and Portulaca
- I doubt it is invasive. As a...


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