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Gill-Over-The-Ground


Scientific Name     

Glechoma hederaceae L.

Family Name

Lamiaceae (Mint family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist woods and disturbed habitats, prefers shaded areas

Plant Height:  

to 20 cm, creeping long stems can reach 2.1 m (7') long

Flower Color:  

purple-blue 

Flower:  

perfect; upper lip lobed; notched at apex; lower lip 3-lobed; spotted with dark purple; stamens 4; long style with 2-lobed stigma

Inflorescence:  

2 or more flowers in axillary clusters 

Fruit:  

nut

Leaves:  

opposite; generally reniform to cordate with wavy edges 

Bloom Time:  

March-July 

Origins:  

non-native

Other:  

European in origin, this plant is a common lawn weed; plant sends out roots at nodes and spreads rapidly; leaves once used to help ferment or flavor beer; also known as ground ivy