Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea

Gill-Over-The-Ground, Creeping Charlie, Alehoof, Tunhoof, Catsfoot, Field Balm, Run-Away-Robin

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

The whole plant can be used, pick leaves throughout the year and use it fresh.

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring or autumn.

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in late spring, root with rooting hormone.

Seed

Selfseed easily.

Special features

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers and hanging baskets, keep soils moist but well drained.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies.

Special features

Origin

Europe, south-western Asia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

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.

Edible

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.

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

Mild

Problems

May be damaged by slugs and snails.
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