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Luzula, Jacob's Ladder & Selfheal

Another disappointing trip to the GC, this time we came home with 3 bags of peat and three plants.  Has anyone grown the above plants which are I think small perennials and attractive to wildlife.  I would appreciate any growing/planting advice and any pictures of them in flower if possible, thanks.

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,266
    Luzula is a type of grass I believe - you might want to check out it's potential for invasiveness. Jacob's Ladder is lovely, delicate leaves and soft blue spikes of flowers and slugs don't seem to go for it. I've heard of Selfheal, but can't immediately recall what it looks like.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    I'm amazed someone pays good money for self-heal, aka Prunella vulgaris.  It's a lawn weed.  Will the GCs be trying to sell us bindweed and goosegrass next?  But yes, it is of value to pollinators.  
  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444
    I love Jacobs ladder and have it in several borders. Easy to grow, pops back up each year and self seeds a few extra plants for me each year.
    i have it in the common blue and also a pale pink variety.

    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

  • That is a dainty colour Sussexsun - alas I have bought the common blue/purple colour, but I am pleased that it is a self seeder - our garden is large and we can never have too many plants. As for the Selfheal - I am planning on planting it in our wildflower area, so this is an ideal plant josusa - it was just £3, so not a huge amount to pay for something that will please the pollinators. You are right Lizzie - the Luzula is a type of flowering grass - it should do well around our pond. Thanks for all the input so far.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,921
    Whatch out for the Jacobs Ladder, it pops up everywhere here, self seeds, I’m forever pulling it out. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,557
    It does self seed fairly freely but it's a distinctive leaf and not too deep rooted so easy enough to hoik out if it's in the wrong place. I have a few clumps of it around
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,266
    I'm very jealous - my Jacob's Ladder hasn't yet self-seeded for me, is there hope? I love that pale pink one.
    Just read about Selfheal, cripes, it's got a spread of 3 feet, hope you've got plenty of room Guernseydonkey!
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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,003
    edited April 2018
    I quite like Prunella - it grows wild here and likes damp soil. It grows in my lawn which is more a wildflower lawn than a grass one and looks pretty, and I have used it to edge a bed where it made almost a mini hedge of blue flowers. I have bought a pink flowered one for my bog garden.
    My blue Jacob's Ladders have done well, but haven't yet self seeded for me - I shall be glad when they do. I grew P. carnea years ago, it made a fair sized patch of apricot pink flowers, lovely
    One type of Luzula grows wild on a grassy bank, but I fancy the L. Nivea for my woodland area since I saw it  at Bodnant, very pretty.
  • Well I planted the Selfheal this morning in our raised wild flower bed.  I was a little taken-aback when I read how it can spread, but as we already have bindweed in that bed perhaps I can control both at the same time! The raised bed is probably going to be demolished next year - it will be incorporated into the field again as it was originally.  We are waiting for the field to be prepared for perennial wild flower seed sowing - hopefully within the next month.
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