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How to Grow and Care for Self Heal Plants

Prunella laciniata

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires shade during the heat of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringWhite flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantPurple flowering plantA photograph is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
Prunella spreads by creeping stems that readily root at each node that contacts the ground,
making this plant a very useful as a ground cover plant.

Growing Requirements for Self Heal Plants

Self Heal is a low growing, creeping perennial that is hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
The foliage only grows to a height of 3-6 inches, but the plant will produce an abundance of 8-12 inch spikes of white, pink or purple blossoms from May through July.
Prunella laciniata grows well in any well drained garden soil, whether it be in full sun or light shade.
Self Heal plants dislike drying out, so regular deep watering is essential.
Feed your Prunella in the spring and mid-season with a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer
Plant Prunella laciniata 12" apart in the garden any time after all danger of frost has passed.
Pinch back new growth on young plants to encourage them to branch out.
Be sure to remove spent blooms regularly to induce continued flowers.
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Propagating Self Heal Plants

Self Heal can be grown from seeds sown in the garden in the fall or in the spring after all frost danger has passed.
(NOTE:Prunella laciniata freely reseeds itself if the spent flowers are not removed)
If you are starting your Prunella seeds indoors, they will need to be stratified (chilled) in the refrigerator for a month before sowing them 6-8 weeks before your last frost date.
Self Heal seeds are very small and require light for germination so DO NOT COVER THEM!
Keep the temperature within the growing medium at 70°-75°
Germination will take place within 10-14 days.
Self Heal plants can also be propagated by dividing plant clumps in the Spring or early Fall.

Self Heal
Prunella laciniata
A Self Heal Plant Blooming in the Garden, Prunella laciniata Self Heal flowers emerge purple but fade to pink with age Prunella laciniata begins blooming in early spring