I was amazed when I opened one of my herbal books to find this pesky ground covering shown there. After spending two weeks researching the many health benefits of Creeping Charlie all I have to say is this plant is amazing!
Here is another amazing herb which may be growing right under your nose. Before you take steps to remove it from your lawn, make your acquaintance with this pretty little ground covering. Some of the names you may know it by are:
I took this photo in my back yard. No sooner does the snow melt and Charlie is poking his head up and awakening from his winter slumber.
Place Charlie in containers.
If you decide to let Charlie stay at your home it is wise to either enclose him in such a way that he cannot spread throughout your yard or grow him in containers as he will quickly make himself to home and send other plants packing.
He likes a moist shady soil. He requires no attention. You can mow right over him, and he will soon revive. He is healthy and resilient.
Charlie does not like lime.
Should you decide that this ground covering is not to your liking purchase a bag of lime from your hardware store. Sprinkle it where you want to remove Charlie and you will see him disappear.
Creeping Charlie has been used for many years as a medicine.
“Ground ivy has a long history of use in alternative medicine and as an edible herb, dating back to the first century A.D. it was long considered a panacea (cure-all). Known for it’s hi vitamin C content it is said to be one of the first herb and edible plants brought to the North American continent by early settlers.” – All Nature.com
Marjorie Blamey writes in Flowers of the Countryside that prior to the introduction of hops from Holland, Ground Ivy was used to flavor beer. It was also one of the ingredients used in salads, soups, jams, vegetables, and oatmeal. The Ground Ivy, or Creeping Charlie is a member of the Labiate (Labiatae) family. It is related to many important herbs such as mint, rosemary, marjoram, sage, basil, catnip, pennyroyal, and thyme.
The Complete Book of Herbs written by Lesley Bremnes recommends using an infusion of ground ivy or Glechoma hederacea to help with the relief of stuffiness and catarrh (inflammation of the mucous membranes). A steam can also be made by boiling the leaves and flowers and inhaled to help clear sinuses.