Dienstag, 19. April 2011

Plant of the day (April 19th, 2011) - Glechoma hederacea L.

Today's plant of the Day is Glechoma hederacea L. from the Lamiaceae family, the same family which L. argentatum, a plant I presented a few days ago, belongs to. In German we called it “Gundermann”, in English it's also known as “Creeping Charlie” or “Ground Ivy”.

Glechoma hederacea L. - habitus

Glechoma hederacea L. is a small herb with purple or violet blossoms, that grows in inflorescences with two to five blossoms per node. The leafs are dark green, kidney-shaped and have a long stalk. As with most Lamiaceae they are sitting cross on opposite sides on the shoot, which is a typical character of this family.

 Glechoma hederacea L. - detais of leafs and flowers

The species is very endurable and can be found e. g. at grasslands, bushes or industrial wastelands, mostly at shady place. I found this in a meadow on a busy street, where it grew up between high grasses. It' very common in the most European countries.

 Glechoma hederacea L. - Habitus in natura

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