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Ground ivy

Glechoma hederacea

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.

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.

Geography

Origin
Europe, south-western Asia

Environment

Light
Full Sun, 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
Blue and violet
Scent
Mild

Problems

May be damaged by slugs and snails.

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