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Prunella grandiflora - (L.)Jacq.

Common Name
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassland, usually in calcareous soils[50].
Range Europe.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Prunella grandiflora


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Prunella grandiflora is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

P. pyrenaica.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; Lawn;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[46, 61, 105]. A mild flavour[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position or light shade[188, 197]. It requires weeding for the first year or so[197]. They are best spaced about 45cm apart each way[208]. Plants have not been a reliable ground cover in Cornwall, often dying after flowering, though they usually self-sow[K].

Special Uses

Ground cover

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Cultivation details

Thrives in any damp soil in a shady position[1, 111] or in full sun[200]. Plants are hardy to about -25°c[187]. The sub-species P. grandiflora pyrenaica has larger flowers and is found wild on acid soils whilst the type species is usually found on alkaline soils[187]. Plants tend to be short-lived, often dying out after flowering heavily in the summer[208]. Fortunately, they will usually self-sow freely[K]. Most plants are hermaphrodite but sometimes male plants are found.

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Propagation

Seed - sow in mid spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed then it can be sown outdoors in situ in mid to late spring. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(L.)Jacq.

Botanical References

50200

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Readers comment

RIc   Tue Aug 19 2008

There is at least one medicinal use. This blurb is from http://www.fleuroselect.com/goldmedal/details.aspx?id=1026&lang=en " It goes by the common name of ‘self-heal’ due to the fact that the foliage of this plant was used as a remedy to stop bleeding in the Middle Ages. " The degree of the styptic or coagulative effect, or even which it does, is unknown to me. There are numerous other possible(claimed) medicinal uses of the Prunella.

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