self heal prunella vulgaris
I was considering planting prunella vulgaris on my front boulevard and noticed it looks just like the plant I keep on pulling out of my grass. Is this plant pretty invasive and self sowing? I imagined it would look good with the creeping oregon grape and salal on the boulevard. Would that work?
Multnomah County Oregon
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Prunella is definitely an agresive weed. I would not plant it with your Oregon Grape and salal. If you are looking for a good ground cover that is low growing, then Artocstaphyslos uva ursi (kinnickinick) is a good choice if they won't get stepped on. If the area will be walked on frequently, then something like creeping thyme (non-native) might be a could choice since it can take a lot of foot traffic.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.