Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Also known as Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny and Alehoof.
This is a broad-leaf perennial weed and a member of the mint family.
This ground cover was introduced by early settlers from Europe for it's many medicinal purposes and is found currently in the eastern United States, except parts of Florida and Georgia.
If weed is located near your home, keep in mind ingesting
large amounts by dogs and cats can make them sick.
Leaves are hairy and can be bright green to purplish in color. Very small trumpet shaped flowers are a blueish-purple in color and bloom in mid to late spring.
As long as it has moisture, this weed will grow in sunlight but by far prefers shade. This weed actively grows in spring in both rich and poor soils that have drainage issues.
This is an invasive, creeping vine that out competes most grasses. It will make its way into the lawn and choke out grass breaking down their roots.
It spreads rapidly by seed and nodes, or stem joints, with stems growing up to 30" in length.
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