Ground ivy (Ggechoma hederacea), also known as alehood, tunhoof, catsfoot, run-away robin, creeping Charlie is an aggressive, invasive weed belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Related to healall and henbit, this perennial broadleaf weed is also related to the mint plant. Recognizable by its distinct, pleasant smell, it sets up multiple roots that connect to large vines, which makes hand removal a difficult undertaking. Ground ivy is known to grow at a rapid pace taking over large patches of lawns, making hand removal virtually impossible.
Ground ivy is edible, so it can be used in salads and smoothies. The plant is similar in appearance to Persian speedwell, a plant that is unsafe for consumption, so be extra sure it’s ground ivy before you take it into the kitchen!
Ground Ivy Prevention
Ground ivy takes advantage of weaker turf, as most broadleaf plants are known to do. It thrives in moist, shaded areas. It’s commonly found amongst weaker turf that is unable to choke it out.
Ground ivy cannot be removed by mowing, as the root networks are underground and spread throughout the lawn. Professional removal is usually necessary once this invasive weed has taken over.
Contact Cardinal Lawns today to find out more about keeping ground ivy—and other broadleaf weeds—under control.
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