Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Known to many gardeners as a pestiferous weed (and going by numerous common names including gill-over-the-ground, creeping Charlie, ground ivy, and Robin runaway), this rampant, mat-forming herbaceous perennial is native to Europe and naturalized in North America. The trailing stems root at the nodes to form carpets of round, scalloped, pungent leaves. It also spreads by seed. Small, purple-blue, snapdragon-like flowers appear through much of the growing season. Available cultivars include 'Variegata', with cream-splotched leaves, and pink-flowered 'Rosea'.
This vigorous, hardy, shade-tolerant plant succeeds in most sites, and gallops in moist, humus-rich soil. Use it as a ground cover in difficult sites. Its cultivars are sometimes used in containers or cottage gardens.
9 - 1
5 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
12"-30" / 30.5cm - 76.2cm
Spring, Summer, Fall
Clay, Loam, Sand
Blue, Purple, Pink
Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Wildflower
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