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Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration (THMR).


Glechoma is derived from Glechon, Greek for a type of Mint, as the leaves resemble plants in the genus Mentha. Hederacea alluding to Ivy, genus Hedera. Hence the name Ground Ivy.
Stearn, W.T.. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell.

Other use

Used by the Saxons in brewing beer as flavoring, clarification, and preservative, before the introduction of hops for these purposes; thus the brewing-related names, alehoof.

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Caucasus
  • Asia-Temperate, China, Tibet
  • Asia-Temperate, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan
  • Asia-Temperate, Siberia
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Turkey
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Baltic States
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Belarus
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Central European Russia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, East European Russia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Krym
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, North European Russia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Northwest European Russia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, South European Russia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Ukraine
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Austria
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Belgium
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Czech Republic
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Germany
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Hungary
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Netherlands
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Poland
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Switzerland
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Denmark
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Finland
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Great Britain
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Ireland
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Norway
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Sweden
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Albania
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Bulgaria
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Greece
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Italy
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Romania
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Yugoslavia
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, France
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, Portugal
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, Spain

Glechoma hederacea L.

Genus: Glechoma
Species: hederacea L.
Common names: Ground Ivy
Pharmacopoeia Londinensis name: Iua arthretica
Distribution summary: Eurasia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H6 - Hardy; very cold winter
Habitat: Wet woodland, wasteland, river banks
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plane tree bed (P)
Flowering months: March, April, May
Reason for growing: Medicinal, traditional herbal registration

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