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Creeping Charlie Syn. Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea L.

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    Credit: Bob Mugaas

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    Credit: Bob Mugaas

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    Credit: Bob Mugaas

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Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds
  • Thrives in moist soils, sun or shade

Characteristics:

  • Perennial with vigorous, creeping above-ground stems (stolons)
  • Plant remains green year round and has a minty odor when crushed
  • Stems are square
  • Leaves are rounded with a scalloped edge, arise opposite one another along stem
  • Purple, tube-like flowers occur in spring only, on upright stems
  • Fibrous roots and new stems form readily at each stem node (joint); underground stems (rhizomes) are also present

Significance:

  • Aggressive groundcover in shaded, moist areas; will outcompete turfgrass as well as other low growing groundcovers in those areas

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