ground ivy plant

Ground ivy (creeping Charlie) – Glechoma hederacea

Glechoma hederacea L.

Lamiaceae (Mint family)

MI Status


Life cycle

Prostrate, creeping perennial.


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.


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.


Creeping stems and seeds.

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

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