How to Grow Prunella
Perennial, Prunella Grandiflora
Looking for a pretty and easy to grow, flowering ground cover? Prunella is
the answer for you! Native to Europe, Prunella flowers colors include lavender,
pink, purple, and white. They are prolific re-seeders.
Prunella flowers are actually classified as an herb. They are a medicinal
herb. Every part of the plant is edible (see below)!
Plant Height: 8" - 12"
Other Plant Names: It is commonly known as "Self Heal" It earned this
name for its many medicinal uses.
Prunella plants are grown from seeds. The seeds should be "Chilled" first
in the refrigerator. Put them in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks. When planting,
do not cover the seeds. They need light to germinate. Ideal soil temperature
is 70 - 75 degrees. For faster and more successful germination, we recommend
using a heated germination mat.
Days to Germination: 15-20
Prunella will also propagate from rooting the creeping stems. The plant will
readily root at each node where the stem touches moist ground.
Divide and replant clumps in the spring, or early fall.
How to Grow Prunella:
Prunella plants are easy to grow. They grow well in almost any soil that
The plants prefer full to partial sunlight.
Prunella do not need a lot of fertilizer. Mix in compost when first
planting. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in the early spring, and
again in mid-summer.
Pinch back the growing tips when the plants are young, to promote bushier
Deadhead spent blooms to prolong the blooming
Plant Spacing: 12"
Flowers Bloom: Summer to early Fall
Insects and Disease:
Prunella are seldom bothered by insects and disease. Generally, these plants
do not need insecticides or fungicides. On rare occasion where insects or
disease are a problem, treat them with an insecticidal soap and /or fungicide
at the earliest sign of trouble.
All parts of the Prunella plant are edible. The leaves are used most often.
It can be used raw, cooked, or dried. Older leaves can become somewhat bitter,
especially in hot, dry weather.
Try Prunella leaves in soups, stews and salads. You can use it in a cold
Medicinal Uses for Prunella:
Prunella has been used for a seemingly endless list of ailments, both external
Externally, it has been used to treat wounds, for cold sores, mouth ulcers
and toe fungus.
Internally, is has been used as a treatment for diarrhea, bloating and internal
Note: This is only a partial list.