Heal-all (Prunella Vulgaris) may be a weed but it's good for us.  Also known as Self-heal, it's a medicinal plant with antibacterial qualities that treats a wide variety of illnesses.

Newcomb’s Wildlfower Guide doesn't call it "non-native" because its presence in North America pre-dates known travel records.  Did it come here on its own or did people bring it?

Native Americans use heal-all as medicine so perhaps the first Americans brought it across the land bridge from Asia.  And now it's here to stay.

Watch for Heal-all blooming throughout the summer.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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