Glechoma L.

Ground Ivy

Classical name.

Perennial stoloniferous trailing herbs. Leaves opposite, stalked, roundish to kidney-shaped, margin dissected. Flower clusters 1-sided, each whorl of 2-6 flowers with leafy stalked bracts. Flowers with calyx tubular to bell-shaped,15-veined, 2-lipped, with the upper lip 3-toothed, lower 2-toothed. Corolla 2-lipped, protruding from the calyx and swollen towards the tip, the upper lip more or less erect, lower lip spreading, 3-lobed. Stamens 4, lower ones rudimentary. Fruit of 4 smooth, ovoid nutlets.

Generally grown as a plant for hanging baskets.


Trailing stems and more or less kidney-shaped leaves.

12 species from Europe.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Lamiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Glechoma hederacea L.