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Glechoma hederacea

ground ivy

  • Other common names ground ivy
    ale gill

    alehoof
    blue runner
    candlesticks
    cat's foot
    cat's paws
    creeping Charlie
    creeping Jenny
    crow victuals
    crow's guts
    devil's candlestick
    field balm
    field balsam
    Gill
    Gill-go-by-the-street
    Gill-over-the-ground
    Gill-run-over
    hayfoot
    hayhoof
    hay maids
    hedge maids
    hen and chickens
    hove
    Jill-on-the-ground
    purple chickweed
    Robin-run-away
    Robin-run-in-the-hedge
    runaway Robin
    tunhoof
    turnhoof
    wandering Jenny
    wild snakeroot

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  • Family Lamiaceae

  • Genus Glechoma are perennial herbs with long, trailing stolons, roundish crenate-serrate opposite leaves, and small labiate flowers in whorls in the leaf axils, usually blue

  • Details G. hederacea is a vigorously spreading, mat-forming evergreen perennial, creeping by prostrate stolons. Flowering stems sub-erect, to 10cm. Flowers are commonly deep blue, but pink and white forms also occur

  • Plant range Eurasia

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or autumn, or by softwood cuttings in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Ground Cover Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Prune as required to keep under control

Pests slugs and snails may be a nuisance

Diseases Generally disease free

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