Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4 - 6 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Groundcover
Salad greens
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Stolons and runners
Other: roots develop when branched stems touch the ground; difficult to eradicate
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


Control Those Weeds: Creeping CharlieControl Those Weeds: Creeping Charlie
June 13, 2012

The first in a series of articles on controlling weeds covers Creeping Charlie.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 22, 2011 12:31 PM

In my estimation, a horrible weed.
Native to Europe, introduced as a residential ground cover.
Likes moist soil in low woodlands, in valleys and banks of streams, lawns, gardens, fields, and roadsides.
Edible fresh shoots and leaves (salads and soups) or prepared and eaten like spinach.
Used historically as the primary seasoning used in brewing ale to flavor, preserve, and clarify before the Germans began using hops.
In the Middle Ages, garlands were made on Midsummer's Eve to ward off witch's spells.

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