ground ivy


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ground ivy

n.
A creeping or trailing European aromatic plant (Glechoma hederacea) in the mint family, widely naturalized in North America and having rounded scalloped leaves and small purplish flowers. Also called creeping Charlie, creeping Jenny.
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ground ivy

n
(Plants) a creeping or trailing Eurasian aromatic herbaceous plant, Glechoma (or Nepeta) hederacea, with scalloped leaves and purplish-blue flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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ground′ i′vy


n.
a creeping aromatic plant, Glechoma hederacea, of the mint family, having rounded leaves and clusters of small blue flowers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground ivy - trailing European aromatic plant of the mint family having rounded leaves and small purplish flowers often grown in hanging basketsground ivy - trailing European aromatic plant of the mint family having rounded leaves and small purplish flowers often grown in hanging baskets; naturalized in North America; sometimes placed in genus Nepeta
genus Glechoma, Glechoma - ground ivy
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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The wood I walk in on this mild May day, with the young yellow-brown foliage of the oaks between me and the blue sky, the white star-flowers and the blue-eyed speedwell and the ground ivy at my feet, what grove of tropic palms, what strange ferns or splendid broad-petalled blossoms, could ever thrill such deep and delicate fibres within me as this home scene?
Dicots, on the other hand, are termed broadleaf weeds and include such plants as horse pursalane, spurge, garden spurge, dandelion, clover, ground ivy, knotweed and plantain.
Look for Ground Ivy, Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny, Gill-over-the-ground and Robin Runaway and all are referring to the same plant -- Glecoma hederacea.
Scientists at the University of Maryland tested chitosan-alginate beads, prepared using ion-induced gelation, for the encapsulation of polyphenolic antioxidants from different plant extracts, including raspberry leaf, hawthorn, ground ivy, yarrow, nettle and olive leaf.
Galls complete with their insect inhabitants have long been offered for sale alongside local fruits in street markets in Mexico and the Middle East, and a common gall found in this country on ground ivy is eaten in France and Sweden.
The menu is an adventurous tale of coast and country ramblings, unusual, tempting dishes sprinkled with ingredients that demand a little further inquiry: fried peas and mushy fish, slow-cooked cauliflower, sea aster, chickweed, ground ivy, rock samphire, whipped sea buckthorn - that one my personal favourite.
To this day the smell of ground ivy whirls me back to childhood evenings hunting nightcrawlers in a graveyard with my dad.
Dandelions and ground ivy mostly, with a few generous patches of clover and thistles.