Glechoma hederacea – Ground Ivy

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Ground Ivy/ Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) is an invasive edible plant in the mint family.

Ground ivy can be identified by its square stem and purple-blue flowers.

Ground ivy can be eaten raw, used as an herb or tea, or cooked. It was used in England in the 16th century to flavor beer before hops were available.

Ground ivy has been used medicinally to treat bronchitis and joint pain.


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Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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  1. Can anyone recommend a good foraging book for beginners? A guidebook to take out on my walks to start to learn identifying plants. Thank you I live in the central New Jersey area. I do go to the Atlantic Highlands. And I agree with another comment I wish there were more foraging groups, in this part of New Jersey

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