||Many Other Names
Square stem, Thimble flower, Sickle-heal, Sicklewort, Slough-heal, Hookweed, Panay, Proud carpenter, Herb carpenter, Hercules' all-heal, Hook-heal, Carpenter's herb, Heart of the earth, Brunel, Caravaun bog, Carpenter grass, Blue curls, Brownwort, Heal-all, All-heal, Bumble-bees, Herb, Fly Flowers, Heart of the Earth, Hook-heal, London Bottles, Pick Pocket, Pimpernel, Prince's Feather.
This lovely plant can be used in salads as can most herbs
.Leaves - Hairy Plant
The leaves are lance shaped, serrated and reddish at tip,one inch long and 1/2 inch broad. The leaves grow on short stalks in opposite pairs down the square stem. The upper leaves are stalk less. The whole plant is more or less hairy
The flowers are violet, purple usually and are in cylindrical whorls which form dense spikes with two leaves at the base. The calyx is reddish-purple, with the very small teeth fringed with a few hairs. There are two kidney-shaped, or egg-shaped to heart-shaped, broad, long pointed bracts below each whorl which are fringed with hairs and green with purple edges..
Insects and Bees
The self heal plant is visited by many insects particularly bees.