Irish wildflowers

Prunella vulgaris
Duán ceannchosach
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: June-August. Perennial. Native.

Terminal spike of purple-blue flowers, occasionally pinkish or white. Calyx and corolla 2-lipped.Hairy bracts. Stalked oval-oblong leaves, toothed or entire.
Upper leaves stalkless. Slightly hairy. Creeping runners. Height: To 20cm.

Abundant. Damp roadsides, wasteland, grassland, woods, gardens.

Similar: Cut-leaved Selfheal, P. laciniata. Cream flowers.
Very rare, first recorded in Ireland 1999.


Photograph above: White form of Selfheal. The Burren, Co.Clare. August 2007

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