Ground ivy (creeping Charlie) – Glechoma hederacea

Ground ivy plant

Ground ivy plant

Ground ivy plants growing in lawn

Ground ivy plants growing in lawn

Ground ivy stolons

Ground ivy stolons

Ground ivy stolons close-up

Ground ivy stolons close-up

Ground ivy flower

Ground ivy flower

Ground ivy (creeping Charlie)

Glechoma hederacea L.
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Life cycle
Prostrate, creeping perennial.

Leaves
Opposite, kidney-shaped to rounded leaves are approximately 1 inch wide with scalloped margins, palmate veins and long leaf stalks. Damaged leaves emit a mintlike odor.

Stems
Prostrate, creeping stolons are square in cross-section and root at the nodes to form thick patches.

Flowers and fruit
Purplish blue, funnel-shaped flowers with two lips are found in clusters in the upper leaf axils. The upper lip has two lobes; the lower lip has three lobes. Fruit are small, brown, egg-shaped nutlets.

Reproduction
Creeping stems and seeds.