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About Creeping Charlie | Facts and Information

History and Background on Creeping Charlie

Glechoma hederacea (fancy name for Creeping Charlie) is an aromatic, perennial, evergreen creeper of the mint family.

Its alias is ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, or Creeping Charlie. In many countries, it enjoys the pleasure of being used as a tasty salad green and, additionally, it has been reported to have numerous medicinal uses.

European settlers were responsible for its introduction to a wide area of localities. Although Creeping Charlie is native to Europe and southwestern Asia, it has become common in most regions other than the Rocky Mountains. Known as Creeping Charlie, its aliases are Alehoof, Cats for, Field Balm, Run-away-robin, Ground Ivy, gill-over-the-ground, and Tunhoof. Its round can identify it as reniform (kidney or fan shape of the leaf). It is a variable species, its size being influenced by environmental impacts.

The flowers of Creeping Charlie are bilaterally symmetrical, funnel-shaped, blue, or bluish-violet to lavender, growing in opposite clusters of 2 - 3 flowers. It usually flowers in the spring.

How to Use Creeping Charlie in your Landscape Design

Glechoma thrives in moist, shaded areas but also tolerates sun very well. It is a common plant in grasslands and wooded areas or wasteland. It also thrives on lawns and around buildings since it survives mowing. To prevent its spread, bagging your lawn cuttings will help combat its spread by stolon's or by seed.

Part of the reason for its widespread is this rhizomatous method of reproduction. It will form dense mats which can take over areas of the lawn and thus can be considered a potentially invasive or aggressive weed.[1]

Now that we have explored the evil side of one of Mother Nature's children, let us see if there is any good. Remember, for every negative. There must be a positive. This is the balance of life. CC is quite attractive and can be grown as a potted plant and, on occasion, as a ground cover. Easily cultivated, it grows well in the shaded area. While many of us consider it a weed because of its propensity for spreading,

Culinary and Medicinal Uses for Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie's has culinary and medicinal uses, which was why the earlier settlers brought it to America. The fresh herb can be rinsed and steeped in hot water to create an herbal tea rich in vitamin C. Creeping Charlie was also widely used by the Saxons in brewing beer as flavoring, clarification, and preservative before the introduction of hops for these purposes; thus the brewing-related names, Alehoof, Tunhoof, and Gill-over-the-ground.

Creeping Charles has been used in the traditional medicine of Europe going back thousands of years. Galen, an ancient Greek physician, 300AD, recommended the plant to treat inflammation of the eyes. John Gerard, an English herbalist, recommended the plant to treat tinnitus as a diuretic, astringent, tonic, and gentle stimulant. Creeping Charlie has been used in the traditional medicine of Europe for thousands of years.

Although I am not a friend of the weeds that are growing and strangulating my garden, I do approach them with more academic knowledge, which, hopefully, will permit me to have a garden design in complete harmony with nature and one that will equally serve all.

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Virginia Creeper - TN Nursery

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper plant is a vining favorite known for its striking five-lobed leaves and ability to climb and cover walls and structures, turning vibrant shades of red in the fall. It is a versatile and attractive plant with numerous benefits when incorporated into landscaping projects. It has become famous for enhancing outdoor spaces with its vibrancy.  Virginia Creeper is part of the grape family. It gains its name from one of the native areas where it grows. It is a deciduous climber that can extend and climb a trellis well in the wild. The Leaves Of Virginia Creeper Typically, five leaflets combine to make up each set of leaves. Occasionally, however, it can be found with three or seven leaflets. Either way, they're joined on the leafstalk's central point and grow from one to eight inches. They have a bright green appearance in summer, then turn into brilliant shades of red and purple in autumn. Each leaflet has a toothed margin, and the seedlings come with heart-shaped leaves. Late spring brings with it inconspicuous flower clusters. They brighten this plant with their greenish, small appearance. However, they only become more noticeable once they turn into berries. The Berries Of The Virginia Creeper Berries grow on it in the late summer or early fall. These complex, small berries are purplish-black and typically don't get larger than 1/4 inch in diameter. Although the berries are not meant for humans, they offer an excellent food source to birds. In fact, due to the long lifespan of the berries, they become a vital source of winter food for a wide array of birds. Virginia Creeper Will Climb As Tall As You Want While it's true that Virginia Creeper can grow to astronomical heights in the wild, that's not going to happen when you plant them around your home. Instead, their growth rate is limited by the structure that they're given to grow on. In other words, if you want them to grow up to only three feet, give them something three feet tall to climb. On the other hand, if you want them to soar up to 40 feet, you'll need to provide them with something that tall to climb. This height control method is a fantastic way to end up with them that do precisely what you want them to do. Something that helps set creepers apart is that they will not damage your building. Therefore, these deciduous climbers will work great in your yard.

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