Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata
Lamiaceae [=Labiatae] (Mint) Family
Other names: Self-Heal, American Self Heal, Common Self Heal, Heal All and Eurasian Self Heal.
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is at damp roadsides, prairies, waste sites and disturbed areas or deep woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem, consisting of one whole part; stalked, widest at the middle to lance-like; no teeth and no lobes to being slightly toothed; tapers to the tip and slightly pinched to blunt or nearly rounded. Leaf base is wedge-shaped or rounded.
Flowers are at the end of the stem in a spike subtended by leaf-like bracts. Spikes appear on short stalks. Calyx is irregular; corolla is blue to violet, occasionally white. Lower lip is often spotted with dark purple. Flowers occur in early spring and summer.
Fruit is ovoid with two or more seed chambers.
The plant has been used medicinally to cure many ailments. Some Indians thought it was a cure for all ailments, thus the name.