Ground-Ivy: creeping Charlie | Nature Notes from Dorset

This is a very common, yet often overlooked, plant of the woodland in spring. Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is primarily in flower from late March through to June but I have also seen it in flower in the autumn, especially if it stays mild.
It is a small plant and care should be taken to not confuse it with the similar, but taller, bugle. The kidney shaped leaves are different to those of bugle as well. It is member of the labiate family which includes deadnettles, the woundworts and herbs such as mint and basil . This family have square stems and long tubular flowers which are popular with insects that have a long tongue such as butterflies or a long proboscis like the bee-fly.

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