Prunella vulgaris
Family Labiatae

* Flowers violet, hooded, with the lower lip fringed. Crowded among bracts in a square or oblong group.
* Leaves ovate, toothless or slightly toothed.
* Height: 3-12".

Natural History:
* Flowers May - September.
* Habitat: Roadsides, lawns, waste areas.
* Range: Throughout the United States
* Introduced from Europe.

* "Design"
Robert Frost, 1874-1963

I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth-
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witch's broth-
A snow-drop spider, a flower like froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth hither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?-
If design govern in a thing so small.


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008