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Creeping Charlie

Glechoma hederacae Linnaeus
Synonym: ground ivy
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Chris Evans, University of Georgia


Commodities Affected:
Forestry and Natural Areas, Nursery, Ornamentals, and Turf



Creeping Charlie is a perennial weed in the mint family that spreads by seeds, rhizomes and creeping stems that root at the nodes. This European native was introduced to North America by early settlers who thought it was a good groundcover for shade. Creeping Charlie thrives in moist, shady spots such as under trees and shrubs.Creeping Charlie thrives in moist shaded areas, but also tolerates sun very well. It is a common plant in grasslands and wooded areas or wasteland. It also thrives in lawns and around buildings, since it survives mowing. It spreads by stolons or by seed. Part of the reason for its wide spread is this rhizomatous method of reproduction. It will form dense mats which can take over areas of lawn, and thus can be considered an invasive or aggressive weed. <>



Creeping Charlie has been reported in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) database in the following 44 Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Grant, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Kosciusko, Lawrence, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Owen, Parke, Posey, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, St. Joseph, Spencer, Switzerland, Tippecanoe, Union, Warren, Wayne, Wells, and White.