Also known as
Creeping Charlie, Gill-Over-The-Ground, Haymaids, Field Balm, Run-Away-Robin, Alehoof, Runaway robin, Gill-over-the-ground
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Ground Ivy Overview
Ground Ivy is an attractive creeper with tiny edible mauve flowers. It is a hardy plant that can handle sun, heat, frost and even thrive in shade/ partial shade and shady moist conditions. Grow it under hedges and shrubs, where it will form an even green carpet, choking out weeds and cooling the soil. The plant travelled and spread widely with settlers because of its medicinal uses.
Common problems with Ground Ivy
May be damaged by slugs and snails.
How to harvest Ground Ivy
The whole plant can be used, pick leaves throughout the year and use it fresh.
How to propagate Ground Ivy
Divide in spring or autumn.
Take softwood cuttings in late spring, root with rooting hormone.
Special features of Ground Ivy
Can be grown in containers and hanging baskets, keep soils moist but well drained.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Ground Ivy
Wildflower/meadow, once medicinal, culinary.
The fresh herb can be rinsed and steeped in hot water to create a herbal tea which is rich in vitamin C, this tea has numerous health benefits.
Whole plants is edible, mostly leaves and flowers are used fresh in salads, stir fries, soups and vegetable dishes, has a mild peppery taste and balsamic aroma.