Ground Ivy

Glechoma hederacea

The Ground Ivy will be found trailing among the grass of the copse and hedgebank. It is very abundant in Britain and one of the earliest of flowers to appear in the spring. It has not the remotest relationship with the real Ivy. It is also known as Ale-hoof and Tun-hoof, being formerly used in brewing owing to its tonic bitterness.

Flowering from March to June.

The Observer’s Book of Wild Flowers, compiled by W. J. Stokoe (1957)

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