Ground ivy Glechoma hederacea

Best time to see: Mar to May

Key facts

Early-flowering creeping perennial with blue-violet, sometimes pink, flowers in loose whorls up the stems

Dark green leaves are kidney-shaped with long stalks

Common along woodland edges and on hedge banks


Dried leaves can be used as a tea-substitute, mixed with verbena leaves; leaves also used fresh in salads

Valuable early nectar source for bees, such as common carder bee queens and hairy-footed flower bees

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton