Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Eurasian Selfheal - Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris   L.
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DistributionThree specimens are so-named in the SERNEC database: Basinger in 1990 from Cabarrus County, LeBlond in 2006 from Pender County, and Holdsclaw in 2013 from Lincoln County. However, separating varieties of this species has probably not been done at a number of herbaria; the editors do not feel confident that this is anywhere near the sum total of counties of occurrence.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. from Newf. to MN and NC (according to Gleason 1952).
AbundancePerhaps very rare. However, as the three counties are scattered in the state, it surely is present in a number of other ones.
HabitatEcotone between savanna and swamp (Pender), roadside ditch (Lincoln), ditch near pond (Cabarrus).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-August (perhaps earlier and later).
IdentificationEurasian Selfheal is a taller and more highly branched plant than the native Common Selfheal (P. vulgaris var. lanceolata), with larger and rosier flowers and broader leaves (averaging 2 times as long as wide, vs. averaging 3 times as long as wide in the native form). Also, this non-native form has the leaves broadly rounded at the base, vs. leaves cuneate/tapered at the base in the native form.
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B.A. SorrieBlue Ridge Parkway. 26 Aug 2014. Var. lanceolata. WataugaPhoto_natural
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