Ground Ivy / Creeping Charlie

Ground Ivy, or Creeping Charlie, is a vine that grows close to the ground and will form a mat like ground-cover if left to grow.  These vines have nodes at each of the places where leaves grow.  These nodes will form roots if they come in contact with the soil.  This root system is what makes it so difficult to eradicate.  Creeping Charlie spreads through the root system and by seeding itself.

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Did you know that:

  • Ground Ivy is a perennial weed.
  • It is a member of the mint family.
  • When crushed it will give off a minty odor.
  • This low growing perennial weed thrives in moist, shady areas.
  • It will invade sunny areas if the lawn is thin (it takes advantage of unhealthy lawns).
  • Ground Ivy spreads easily and is very hard to control.
  • It spreads by seeds, rhizomes and creeping stems that root at the nodes.
  • It grows along the ground to a length of about 2 feet,  and grows 2-6 inches tall.
  • Bluish-purple funnel-shaped flowers will appear in the spring.
  • It will come right back after mowing.
  • It can easily choke out other plants, including your lawn.


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