What is the plant
Prunella laciniata, the cutleaf selfheal, is a plant in the family Lamiaceae. Cut-leaved selfheal is native to Europe and occasionally escapes cultivation in the eastern United States. In New England it has been collected only in Massachusetts.
Prunella laciniata is a species of plant in the Lamiaceae family, common in northwestern Africa, in Europe except in the north and east, and in western Asia. Perennial plant 5-30 cm tall. Stem leaves are usually pinnate; lower collected in a rosette, petiolate, ovate or elliptical, entire or toothed. The lower lip of the calyx with lanceolate ciliated teeth. Corolla yellowish-white. Distributed in northwestern Africa, in Europe except the north and east, in western Asia.
This plant is useful.
How to get rid of:
Cultural methods for control alone will make it difficult to eradicate this weed. Hand removal can be attempted. It will be necessary to make repeated attempts at hand removal to keep this weed in check. Improving turf growing conditions to stimulate competitiveness can retard some self heal weeds as well. Self heal weed grows beneath mowing levels that are recommended and will, therefore, just pop back up. Additionally, areas of heavy foot traffic can actually encourage the growth of self heal because the stems will root at the nodes at ground level.
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