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GLECHOMA hederacea 'Variegata'

Image of Glechoma hederacea 'Variegata'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

GLECHOMA hederacea 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Variegated Ground Ivy

General Description

Known to many gardeners as a pestiferous weed (and going by numerous other common names including gill-over-the-ground, creeping Charlie, and Robin runaway), ground ivy is a rampant, mat-forming herbaceous perennial native to Europe and naturalized in North America. The trailing stems of the cultivar 'Variegata' root at the nodes to form carpets of round, scalloped, pungent, white-splotched leaves. It also spreads by seed. Small, purple-blue, snapdragon-like flowers appear through much of the growing season.

This vigorous, hardy, shade-tolerant plant succeeds in most sites, and gallops in moist, humus-rich soil. Typically used in hanging baskets, it also works well as a ground cover or cottage garden plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    12"-30" / 30.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Purple, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes