Glechoma hederacea (Ground Ivy)
|Also known as:||Creeping Charlie, Gill-over-the-Ground|
|Habitat:||part shade, shade; thickets, disturbed soil, lawns|
|Bloom season:||April - June|
|Plant height:||5 to 8 inches|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: FACU MW: FACU NCNE: FACU|
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2 to 4 short-stalked flowers arising from leaf axils in the upper plant. Flowers are irregular, tubular, about ½ inch long, light blue to deep purple-blue or reddish-purple. The upper lip is notched and extends out, the lower lip is 3-lobed with dark spots and streaks on the large center lobe. The hairy calyx is green to purplish and forms a slender tube, tipped with 5 slightly flaring, sharply pointed lobes.
Leaves and stem:
Fruit is a dark nutlet.
Ground Ivy is an aggressive weed of lawns, gardens, roadsides, shores, woodlands and thickets.
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- Ground Ivy plant
- Ground Ivy plants
- a dense mat of Ground Ivy leaves
- a mat of Ground Ivy in the woods
Photos by K. Chayka taken in Ramsey County. Other photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk.
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