Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #11 Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea

Here’s another one from the aromatic mint family, as you can tell from its square stems and the shape of its flowers, although one of its names is ground ivy because of a supposed resemblance its leaves have to those of the (much larger) ones that ivy has. Another prettier name, I think, is alehoof, from its use by the Saxons to put in their beer.

You’ll certainly see plenty of its attractive blue-purple flowers and maroon-tinged leaves around the edges of the “scrub field”, and if you look very closely you may even find traces of a very specific insect which lays its eggs inside the plant’s stems, creating a spherical structure called a gall (as pictured here), from which the new generation emerge in due course.

Ground Ivy

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