Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
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Other common names: Gill-over-the-ground
Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)
Height: 0.1 to 0.67 ft.
Blooms: March to July
Leaf Type: lobed
Bloom Size: 0.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Fused petals, 10 or more parts
Location: Youghiogheny River Trail
More photos of this flower
Bugle had flowers in a raceme (above the leaves), while ground ivy has flowers in the axils.
- Purple Dead Nettle
Purple dead nettle has purplish upper leaves and a "pouched" flower. Flower of ground ivy has a prominent, open lower lip.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.