Day 69: ground ivy

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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The evergreen ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is beginning to flex its muscles in beds, borders and lawns.  Its most familiar common name (and its latin descriptor) is only semi accurate; while it likes to hug the ground, only the most creative soul would see any resemblance to ivy, which is no kind of relation. In fact, this is another member of the nettle family, as suggested by the square stem and lippy flowers. In the US it can become invasive but, though rarely so in the UK, it’s still worth pulling out before it gets too comfortable.


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