Native to Europe and used for centuries, this low growing ground cover is related to the mint family. Small oval dark green leaves on spreading stems send up beautiful short purple flower spikes in summer. Loved by the bees.
Can grow anywhere in damp or dry conditions full sun to shade. Naturalizes well on pathways excellent for erosion control.
Historical uses: Used as an antioxidant an immune booster and antiviral. Applied to treat cuts and wounds, to treat inflammation and to ease pain as an infused tea. Also used as a help to ease high blood pressure. A salad green and condiment, the flowers are edible. Harvest in summer and dry on screens in the shade. Can direct sow in spring lightly covering seed or try in small pots first.