Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea

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Glechoma hederacea, or ground ivy, is an evergreen perennial and part of the lamiaceae or labiatae family. It grows in damp ground - preferring woodland margins. While only about 20cm tall at most, ground ivy can spread to cover an area of 1sq meter at a fast rate. 

The leaves and flowering stems are tonic, and slightly stimulant and can be used to treat many problems involving the mucous membranes of the ears, nose, throat, and digestive system. The young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked - though they have a bitter taste. Much like hops, ground ivy has also been added to beer as a flavouring agent (prior to the use of hops in the 16th century, ground ivy was the most popular flavouring in beer).