glechoma hederacea

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ground ivy

In mint family. Leaves are great salad leaves. Purple/blue funnel shaped flowers are edible. Creeps along the ground, square stems, leaves opposite along stem. Leaves nearly round, short rounded teeth, (scalloped edges), leaf veins radiate from same point and smell like mint when crushed. Leaves look similar to garlic mustard but the smell is mint vs. mustard and Ground Ivy leaves have round-scalloped edges while garlic mustard has sharper-toothed edges. Keep cutting with lawn mower to keep leaves young and small. Can be juiced or make tea. Contains a volatile oil which aids in relieving congestion and inflammation of mucus membranes associated with colds, flu, and sinusitis. Anti-allergenic, antibacterial, antihistaminic, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, cancer- Preventive, expectorant, immuno-stimulant, and sedative. Leaf tea used for lung problems like asthma, nose, throat, kidney problems, purifying blood, ulcers, cancer, cough, diarrhea, digestive issues, ear infections, fever, gas, hay fever, Test small amounts first, some people have reactions to this plant. Look-Alikes: There are some, but only Ground Ivy has a square stem and creeping stems that root at the nodes. Also, Ground Ivy smells similar to mint when crushed and leaves are opposite, not alternating, along the stem. Tea can even be given to small children.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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GLECHOMA HEDERACEA L.; Gill-Over-the-Ground, Ground Ivy, Creeping Charlie; Old-fields along RR track and in southeast corner; Abundant; C = 0; BSUH 18698.
(*) Glechoma hederacea L.; Ground Ivy, Gill-Over-the-Ground, Creeping Charlie; Floodplain woods and roadside fields; Common, and locally abundant; C = 0; BSUH 17572.
On the street side, Glassman planted low-maintenance black pines, fortnight lilies (Dietes), and bamboo in beds of ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea).
Wright topped it with redwood planters, built to fit, and planted them with two varieties of Martha Washington geraniums, two shades of blue lobelia, and trailing ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea).
Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), a serrated-leafed ground cover, replaced the sparse lawn.
(*) Glechoma hederacea L.; Ground Ivy, Gill-Over-The-Ground, Creeping Charlie Floodplain woods, roadside, and moist meadows; Common; C = 0; BSUH 13196, 13267.
Glechoma hederacea L.; Ground Ivy, Gill-over-the-Ground, Creeping Charlie; Lawns, gardens, moist fields, moist woods; Abundant; (*); C = 0; BSUH 11901, 12718.
retroflexus, Arctium minus, Arenaria serpyllifolia, Barbarea vulgaris, Brassica nigra, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Centaurea mnaculosa, Cerastium vulgatum, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, Cichorium intybus, Cirsium arvense, Conium maculatum, Convolvulus arvensis, Datura stramonium, Daucus carota, Dianthus armeria, Dipsacus sylvestris, Draba verna, Froelichia gracilis, Geranium pusillum, Glechoma hederacea, grasses [Bromus commutatus, Bromus inermis Bromus japonicus, Bromus racemosa, Bronus tectorum, Dactylis glomerata, Digitaria ischaemum, Eleusine indica, Elytrigia repens, Eragrostis cilianensis, Lolium perenne var.
vulgare, Erigeron canadensis, Equisetum arvensis, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Euthamia graminifolia, Glechoma hederacea, Helianthus decapetalus, Lactuca serriola, Lamium purpureum, Lobelia inflata, L.