Ground Ivy – Glecoma hederacea

Mint Family – Lamiaceae

Actual flower size

Actual size: 1/2 to 3/4 inches long inch long

Ground Ivy is also called Creeping Charlie or Gill-over-the-ground.

Plant Description: Ground Ivy is a low growing, 2 to 3 inches tall, spreading perennial that roots at nodes. It has square stems. The leaves are long-stemmed, roundish, about 1 inch across, fuzzy with rounded teeth, and have a strong odor.

Flower Description: The blue-violet, tubular flowers grow in loose whorls at the axils of the leaves. The upper lip is two-lobed and concave.  The lower lip is 3–lobed.  The large central lobe has magenta spots. There are 2 long and 2 short stamens. The flowers are 1/2 to 3/4 inch long.

Ecology:  Ground Ivy grows in moist shady places at low elevations.


  • Ground Ivy is a common, Eurasian weed in lawns and gardens. It is non-native.
  • It is not related to English Ivy, but like ivy, covers the ground and climbs up walls..

 Ground Ivy Photo Gallery

Photo Information: These photos were all taken on April 25, 2003 on the Echo Mountain Trail, near Renton, WA.

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