Ground Ivy – Glechoma Hereracea
The Ground Ivy is a plant crawling on the ground and rooting at the knots. Its flowering shoots are 10 – 30 cm high.
It has cruciform, kidney-shaped / heart-shaped leaves which are notched at the edge. In its armpits there are pale violet flowers with a dark mark on the lower lip, which form very sugar-rich nectar and are therefore very valuable for flower visitors.
Occurrence Ground Ivy
The Ground Ivy prefers among other things moist, nutrient-rich soils on meadows and fields and on calcareous subsoil.
Effect Ground Ivy
The Ground Ivy is a well-known medicinal plant and contains essential oils and flavonoids. Folk medicine uses it for stomach upsets, against coughs and externally for poorly healing wounds.
According to a medieval belief, the Ground Ivy was protective against cows’ witches, but it is poisonous for horses. The feed value is indicated as low.
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