Self-heal

Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris) Self-heal is a beautiful, small, perennial plant with really pretty, dainty two-lipped bluish, violet coloured flowers, which are in bloom in Ireland now. It is very common and appears from June to September/October. It’s leaves, some of which have a red tinge to them, grow opposite to each other on a square…

Elderflower

Taking over from Hawthorn in the Irish hedgerows, the flowers of the elder tree, Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra) are coming into bloom right now. The elder tree was prized for its many uses: culinary, medicinal and mystical. Both the flowers and berries of the elder can be used to make wine. One can also make a…

Plantain herb

There are two types of plantain herbs, ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) which has narrow leaves and greater or broadleaf (Plantago major). Ribwort plantain Greater plantain Plantain plants grow everywhere, and can even grow between cracks in footpaths. The Native Americans called plantain “white man’s footprint” because it came on, and grew from the settler’s footwear. The…