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Old 07-10-2017, 03:11 PM   #1
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A small plant showed up this season. it has opposite leaves, looks like a perennial, is maybe 4 inches tall. I kept doing double-takes when I saw heal-all (Prunella) pictures on a Google search, but the stems on this plant are not square. The flowers are tiny and lipped, either purple or pink.

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Old 07-10-2017, 03:43 PM   #2
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Used to have something quite similar. It comes in both the red and pale yellow tones but darn it.....I can't recall its name anymore Bennet? No that's not it. Something starting with a B though (I think) Perhaps Newisc recalls the name as we've a similar variety here. Looking up short pink pinecone like wildflower isn't getting me anywhere on an ID
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:15 PM   #3
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Are you sure they are not square? Looks square to me.
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Thanks Havalotta and rockerBOO. I think you're right rockerBOO. I'm used to just feeling the stems to see if they're square. In this case the plant is so small it didn't feel like it. I just walked over again, looked first and then carefully felt for angles.

Do you think it is the native type (prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata)? I think it is in which case I'll see if I like the effects of letting it grow. It's spread a bit already but isn't close to anything I'm concerned about yet.
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Betony That's it.... The name I was trying to think of but the leaves are not like yours. Maybe same family of..... wood betony???
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I think it is heal-all, but a different morph or variety from the usual seen in lawns. The flower structure is definitely characteristic of Mint family.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:05 PM   #7
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Thanks havalotta and amelanchier. I'm including a link I came across when I tried to narrow things down which explains the European plant versus the native one. The native one Prunella vulgaris L. ssp. lanceolata and more upright.

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Based on the mid leaves (being more lance shaped or wider). Hard to see them in your pictures though. https://plants.usda.gov/gallery/larg...l2_001_lhp.jpg spp. lanceolata http://dryades.units.it/dryades/plan...o/TS182579.jpg spp. vulgaris
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:44 PM   #9
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Thanks rockerBOO. I didn't know to check just the mid leaves. Based on your information, going back to the pictures in your link and a bit more hunting we decided the leaves are cuneate at the base so this is Prunella vulgaris L. ssp. lanceolata. The page I'm including has a key to distinguish the two.

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/...ella/vulgaris/
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