This low-growing space filler will work in sun to partial shade, producing flowers that feed pollinators, followed by seeds that feed wild songbirds. This member of the mint family is also edible in salads and tea blends. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow Prunella from seed.

Prunella vulgaris
Family: Lamiaceae

Easy but slow

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Hardiness: Prunella is hardy to Zone 5

Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow in late spring. Seeds should sprout in 10-16 days. Bottom heat will speed germination.

Sow seeds no more than 5mm (¼”) deep in moist soil. Space plants 45-60cm (18-24″) apart.

The plant is tolerant to drought, but keep the soil moist during very hot weather. Cut back to the ground after flowering. This plant makes an excellent ground cover or lawn replacement, and will bloom even when it has been mowed. Prunella grows 5-30cm (2-12") tall. Add it to lawns or wildflower blends. Plant at 21-42g per 1000 square feet - or 2-4 lb per acre.