Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ajuga reptans, Common Bugle

Ajuga reptans, Common Bugle, Pittsburgh, 2015

Common Bugle is in the same family as Heal-All or Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), and shares much the same medicinal properties.  A poultice made of the flowers and leaves is helpful in healing any external wound, and a tea of the flowers and leaves is an effective treatment for a cold or cough.
I found a clutch of this perennial herb growing wild in my yard, but it didn't escape on its own.  At some point, like much that has gone wild in my yard, someone planted this European native here.  It's such a helpful herb, especially over the winter when we drink a lot of herb teas as a preventative measure, that I've got it hanging and drying right now for future use.

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