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Mpuzia
Apr 5, 2017 1:31 PM CST
Is it a terrible idea to have creeping Charlie in hanging containers in my open stairwell? There closest plants would be about 15 feet away from the lawn, but I know it's really difficult to erradicate, so I want to make sure it's not likely to spread from the planters to the lawn.

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purpleinopp
Apr 5, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Is your plant is Plectranthus verticillatus or Glechoma hederacea?
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Apr 6, 2017 12:36 AM CST

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15 feet s a long way, you should be able to keep it clipped.
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porkpal
Apr 6, 2017 7:31 AM CST
I think it is a cool idea, but that stairwell looks quite dark; will a plant survive there?
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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2017 7:43 AM CST
There are a few plants called Creeping Charlie and I'm not sure any of them would perform perfectly in that kinda dark stariwell:
Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
Creeping Charlie (Pilea nummulariifolia)
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purpleinopp
Apr 6, 2017 7:48 AM CST
Yes, that is why I was trying to determine which plant was the one in question. Hopefully it's the Plectranthus being confused with the reputation of the Glechoma, in which case the entire question is moot.

From the kind of dark, faraway pic, it doesn't look like Pilea.
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Mpuzia
Apr 8, 2017 11:30 AM CST
I think it's Glechoma hederacea. It was only labeled as a creeping Charlie, so I'm not 100% sure.

I am hoping to hang it (and a couple others) from the ceiling, so they are at window level (three north-facing windows, one west-facing). I am hoping that will provide enough light, but I'm not sure.

I'm adding a close-up picture of the plant, and a picture taken further back from the stairwell on a rainy day (I'm in Utah, so it's usually super sunny). I am definitely open to thoughts about the lighting and about plant identification. :)

Thanks all!
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 8, 2017 11:37 AM CST
I don't think it would be a problem either, but will you have a way to raise and lower the plants to water them? They would look really cool hanging in that area, but from my own experience Whistling make sure first that you can reach them because as they grow and fill in, watering can access gets smaller and smaller. Lol
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purpleinopp
Apr 11, 2017 2:47 PM CST
It looks like Plectranthus verticillatus to me and I can't imagine anyone selling Glechoma hederacea. If that is the correct ID, it should be tolerant of about any light level, aside from extremes of very dark or in the sun all day, but may not bloom if the light is too low. If the ID is P. verticillatus, it would be on my short list of plants to try hanging in that spot.

The blooms are very different, with Glechoma blooming very soon, and Plectranthus being more of a fall bloomer. Sometime in the next few months, you should know which for sure from the blooms.

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plantladylin
Apr 11, 2017 3:09 PM CST
It looks like Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) to me too. It was a very popular houseplant back in the 1960's and 70's ... don't see it often around here anymore.
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plantmanager
Apr 11, 2017 5:07 PM CST
You're right, Lin. I had it in the 60's and 70's. It was a dependable hanging plant. Mine didn't bloom much. I haven't seen it in years.
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lauriebasler
Mar 2, 2018 2:41 AM CST
me too. I have it now too. Nice little hanging basket.
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purpleinopp
Mar 2, 2018 8:28 AM CST
I wonder if @Mpuzia was able to decide what the plant is or was.
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plantladylin
Mar 2, 2018 12:47 PM CST
purpleinopp said:I wonder if @Mpuzia was able to decide what the plant is or was.

Hard to say; the original post is almost a year old and apparently Mpuzia has not been back to the site since.

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