Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Because of its low growth habit, self-heal all can often escape detection until firmly established in the lawn. The first signs of of the plant are during flowering when hundreds of purple (occasionally mauve) flowers on short compact spikes are seen above the ground.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACU: Facultative Upland
Occasionally is a hydrophyte but usually occurs in uplands (non-wetlands).
Self-heal is a low-growing, spreading by rooting at nodes; a perennial of the mint family. It has distinctive puckered leaves with an opposite arrangement on square stems. The ovate leaves (wider at the base and tapering toward the apex) are covered with short, coarse hairs. When viewing this plant from directly above, each set of leaves is rotated ninety degrees from the previous set.
Self heal flowers in early-to-mid summer on stems that extend above the ground
Reason For Introduction
The common name derives from the use of some species to treat a range of minor disorders. It is reported to have an antiseptic and antibacterial effect, and to be particularly good in cases of food poisoning.