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Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea

Also known as

Creeping Charlie, Gill-Over-The-Ground, Haymaids, Field Balm, Run-Away-Robin, Alehoof, Runaway robin, Gill-over-the-ground

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Ground Ivy Overview

Ground Ivy is an attractive creeper with tiny edible mauve flowers. It is a hardy plant that can handle sun, heat, frost and even thrive in shade/ partial shade and shady moist conditions. Grow it under hedges and shrubs, where it will form an even green carpet, choking out weeds and cooling the soil. The plant travelled and spread widely with settlers because of its medicinal uses.

Common problems with Ground Ivy

May be damaged by slugs and snails.

How to harvest Ground Ivy

The whole plant can be used, pick leaves throughout the year and use it fresh.

How to propagate Ground Ivy


Divide in spring or autumn.


Take softwood cuttings in late spring, root with rooting hormone.


Selfseed easily.

Special features of Ground Ivy

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers and hanging baskets, keep soils moist but well drained.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies.

Other uses of Ground Ivy

Wildflower/meadow, once medicinal, culinary.


The fresh herb can be rinsed and steeped in hot water to create a herbal tea which is rich in vitamin C, this tea has numerous health benefits.


Whole plants is edible, mostly leaves and flowers are used fresh in salads, stir fries, soups and vegetable dishes, has a mild peppery taste and balsamic aroma.

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