Gill-over-the-ground, Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea (Mint family - Labiatae)

 

Gill-over-the-ground, Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea (Mint family - Labiatae) A creeping, ivy-like plant with scalloped roundish or kidney-shaped leaves, which are often purplish. The flowers are violet, in whorls in leaf axils. Roadsides, lawns, shady spots. This European introduction is considered a weed by some as it roots readily at the nodes and spreads rapidly.

 

 

The name "Gill" comes from the French guiller, "to ferment" because the leaves were once used to help ferment or flavor beer. This species is sometimes classified with the Catnip genus (Nepeta) but differs in having the flowers in the axils of the leaves rather than at the ends of the stems and branches.

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