ground ivy
Glechoma hederacea L.


Glechoma hederacea is a perennial, evergreen and aromatic plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). Plants can reach a height of 1 ft. (0.3 m).
Leaves are opposite, heart shaped, 0.8-1.2 in. (2-3 cm) wide, petiolate and scalloped.
Flowering occurs March to July when tubular, lavender flowers appear in the axils of the leaves. Flowers are 0.4 in. (0.9 cm) long and come in clusters of two or more.
Fruits are egg shaped, brown, and 0.04 in. (1 mm) long.
Ecological Threat
Glechoma hederacea is native to Eurasia and was introduced into North America, as an ornamental or medicinal plant, as early as the 1800s. It is common in moist areas, disturbed sites, low woods, lawns and along roadsides.


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   Troublesome or Common weed in one or more crops

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Glechoma
Subject: Glechoma hederacea L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
creeping charlie, gill-over-the-ground, groundivy, haymaids

Related Scientific Names:
Glechoma hederacea var. micrantha Moric (Synonym)
Nepeta hederacea L. (Synonym)


Plants - Forbs/Herbs