Self Heal Seed

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Known botanically as prunella vulgaris. Considered by the Chinese to “change the course of a chronic disease.” A photogenic, unobtrusive, mild-tasting mint with pretty purple spikes that remind us of ajuga. Use young leaves and stems raw in salads, and use the flowers for tea-making. Very high antioxidant content and very attractive to bees and other pollinators. Frost-hardy perennial or ground cover in zones 4-9. Note: Stark Bro’s makes no medical claims about any curative qualities of this plant. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 7-21 days
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Start indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 weeks. Remove and allow to germinate at 70ºF.
  • Transplant spacing: 8” – thin to 24”, using baby kale in salads.
  • Seed spacing: 6” , then thin to 18”
  • Seed depth: 1/8” deep
  • Produce size: 2’ x 2’
  • Yield: 1 head per seed
  • Mature plant height: 2’
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes.
  • Year of discovery: Unknown; of ancient Chinese origin

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