A very common creeper. Weed it, eat it is our advice - it’s edible !
Common name : Ground-ivy
Scientific name : Glechoma hederacea
Family : Lamiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Glechoma hederacea is an aromatic, perennial, evergreen creeper of the mint family Lamiaceae.
It is considered an aggressive invasive weed of woodlands and lawns in some parts of North America. Interesting fact : It is edible and used as a salad green in many countries.
Glechoma hederacea can be identified by its round to reniform - kidney or fan shaped - crenate (with round toothed edges) opposite leaves 2–3 cm (0.79–1.18 in) wide, on 3–6 cm (1.2–2.4 in) long petioles attached to square stems.
It is sometimes confused with Malva neglecta - the common mallow - which also has round, lobed leaves but those are attached to the stem at the back of a rounded leaf, where ground ivy has square stems and leaves which attached in the center of the leaf, with a hairy upper surface. In addition, ground ivy has a distinctive mint odor when damaged, being a member of the mint family.
Sowing & planting
15 - 30
6 - 7
Plant my ground-ivy
Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low.
Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air.
Water copiously just after planting.
If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.
Water my ground-ivy
Water regulary in the fist weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top of the soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !