Mystery plant 041

You can find this plant throughout North America and temperate climates around the world.  When you recognize it, leave a comment below with its common name, scientific name, and any personal story you may have about the plant.


Young plant


Group of plants


Leaf arrangement and stem




Inflorescence from above


Inflorescence with developing seeds


Dried (dead) plant


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

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6 Responses to Mystery plant 041

  1. Jessica says:

    self heal

  2. Lana says:

    Latin name is Prunella vulgaris. I had to look this up since I’ve never seen it here. Thanks to Jessica.

  3. Pam wagner says:

    Prunella vulgaris, heal-all or self- heal, found in lawns and grassy patches nearly everywhere…a member of the mint family if i recall properly

  4. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Heal-all which has a second common name used just as often: Self-heal. Lana and Pam have correctly provided the scientific name of Prunella vulgaris (a member of the Mint family).

  5. jennifer says:

    theres something near our ponds that looks similar to this but it has very tiny prickers on it that HURT! the stem and shape of leaves is similar but the leaves are alternate i believe. it looks harmless until you touch it without gloves – OUCH! any ideas?

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