Prunella vulgaris

  • Preferred native species for incorporation into turf grass lawns for added bee habitat
  • Flowers are a favored source of pollen and nectar for many butterfly and bee species
  • Can be used as a native groundcover or alternative lawn; may be a valuable species as groundcover for vineyards, orchards, and other fruit plantations
  • Plants may form a dense mat with small leaves when repeatedly mowed or grazed
  • Low growing perennial with erect flowering spike.
  • Tolerates light shade and moist soils

Self-heal, in addition to white Dutch clover and creeping thyme, is a component of our Bee Lawn Seed Mix.  See related link below.

Additional information on the resources and agronomics tabs

$7.50 / Ounce


Our native grass and wildflower species come from Midwest growers and are adapted to the Upper Midwest. We meet all state and federal seed laws, and we do not sell seed contaminated with palmer amaranth. Native grasses and forbs are priced by Pure Live Seed (PLS) per lb. Visit for full descriptions of our native species and mixtures.

Height: Variable, but generally 4 to 20 inches tall
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Bloom occurs April to September, depending on the
latitude and elevation
Native Habitat: Moist areas, including forest edges, open woodlands, meadows, pasturelands,
roadsides, clearings and lawns at elevations below 8000 ft.
Sun Requirement: Full sun to partial shade and moist soils
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)

Pure Stand Seeding Rate lbs / acre: 2 to 4,  can reduce rates when incorporating other species or mixing with lawn.  1-3 ounces per 1000 sq ft in a mixed stand.

Seeding: Plant similarly to establishing a lawn.  Spring or early fall is best.  When overseeding existing turf, t is beneficial to mow the grass low prior to seeding, and then scarify, aerate, rake, or provide other means to allow for some seed to soil contact.

Here are seeding guidelines provided by University of Minnesota.