Prunella vulgaris, SE: Brunört, DE: Kleine Braunelle,
NL: Gewone brunel, UK: Common Selfheal, Heal-All, Heart-of-the-earth
|| ||Prunella vulgaris L.|
|| ||Brunört, skogshumle, vanlig brunört|
|| ||Kleine Braunelle|
|| ||Gewone brunel|
|| ||Common Selfheal, Heal-All or Heart-of-the-earth|
|| ||Lamiaceae, Mint family, Kransblommiga växter|
|| ||Perennial herb|
|| ||10-50 cm, 4-angled, crimson tinged, and erect to decumbent, glabrous to short-hairy|
|| ||Lance shaped, serrated and reddish at tip|
|| ||Two lipped and tubular, top lip purple, and bottom lip is often white|
|| ||Waste ground, grassland, woodland edges, usually on basic and neutral soils|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Prunella, brunella, Brunfels, is from the German Braune, a kind of "quinsy" which the plant was supposed to cure.
vulgaris, Latin for "common".
- The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
According to the 16th-century herbalist John Gerard, ‘it serves for the same that Bugle does, and in the world there are not two better wounds herbs, as has been often proved'.
The 17th-century botanist Nicholas Culpeper wrote that the plant is called selfheal because ‘when you are hurt, you may heal yourself’.