Bristle-topped lawn plant with tiny, purple, orchid-like flowers

neil1967(5)July 13, 2014

Hi, I'm new to a property in eastern Massachusetts whose grass lawn has long since gone to native, naturalized and invasive plants. Some are lovely, like the one in the photo and I'm curious if anyone can identify it. The bumblebees seem to love it, it's growing well in shady areas, and it seems to stand between 4 and 8 inches in height. It has very small purple flowers around a bristle-like head where the individual flowers are orchid-like. Anyone know it? Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Prunella vulgaris, self-heal.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks! Does it look like spp vulgaris or spp lanceolata? I was hoping the latter (so it'd be native to NA) but think it's the latter....

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 10:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Weakley's key says that main or middle stem leaves average 3x as long as wide, and have long-tapered bases for .var lanceolata. Main or middle stem leaves average 2x as long as wide, with broadly rounded bases for var. vulgaris. We see more of the upper leaves in your photo. The lower ones do appear shorter, broader, and have more rounded bases. There's even a little understood, third variant (.var hispida) that has stems, petioles, and sometimes lower leaf surfaces densely villous-hispid. The same .var vulgaris parts are only sparingly, and not conspicuously, pilose. All of that said, your plant seems most like .var vulgaris to me.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:48AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Rosemary exact species name please (Qatar)
Hi Guys Can you please name the exact species of this...
Unknown five petaled flower
Growing and blossoming in FLorida now.
what kind of lemon orange is this?
it is not lemon, but it has the lemon scent, and it...
Can Anyone ID this Disease on My Iris
Need help identifying the problem with these iris.
Late-blooming aster in a Colorado canyon
I shot this in late September in Cache la Poudre Canyon,...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™