Having weeded out many specimens of Prunella vulgaris over the years it is of interest to see a mass planting of this herb, native to Europe and Central Asia, in full flower in the woodland garden. Seed was collected in the Russian Federation from a parent plant growing in scrubby grassland on the edge of woodland. It grows together as a tightly formed mass of plants producing spikes of familiar lipped purple, white blotched flowers that appear from the rough spike. Growing to 300mm but more compact as a successful lawn weed. It self-roots at the nodes of the square stems and moves to cover the ground at a remarkable rate. Well known in the herbal world, mentioned by Gerard and Culpepper in their 16th and 17th century herbals. Equally well known in turf culture manuals where control is mentioned. With increasing emphasis being placed on biodiversity and the use of mixed swards it is now a plant to be embraced and appreciated.