The Ground Ivy is beautiful, it blooms all summer long, it doesn’t grow much higher than ankle high, and if you want to mow it, it releases a delightful minty fragrance. Thanks for these great photos and notes on distinguishing these three plants. Thank you..thank you..thank you! Is your “ground ivy” also called dwarf Kenilworth ivy? Do an image and information search on the Internet for "Stinging Nettle" or Urtica dioica. please check out our Stinging Nettle PDF magazine. Thank you for keeping this post alive, very helpful. Wild Blueberries Vs. Tutsan Berries. Neighbor unfortunately still provides lots more of both Ground Ivy as well as Dandelions- he thingk they’re pretty! Pingback: A Druid’s web log – Spring is coming! Purple dead nettle is also in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. meanwhile in the garden . Dock plant leaves are big, oval in shape, and have rounded tips and wavy edges. Imagine my surprise when my daughter pointed out that those plants are not alike. Ground Ivy is edible. My lawn has a lot of ground ivy which grows into the flower beds. One of Henbit’s striking features is the stem color — a nice deep red throughout the length of the stem. I confuse easily. - Ellen Evert Hopman, Henbit, Violet, Deadnettle and other small purple flowers… | Arts & Wildcraft blog, 9+ Things to Make with Purple Dead Nettle. Pingback: A Druid's Web Log - Beltaine (May Day) 2016 - Ellen Evert Hopman, Pingback: A Druid's web log - Spring is coming! So apparently, we have a *lot* of ground ivy, but it’s so pretty and so sweetly-scented, I’m thinking of trying to transplant it to other areas that could use a consistent ground cover. Henbit’s flower shape is remarkably similar to Purple dead nettle’s flower shape. The flowers grow in whorls from the plant’s stem. Leaves, stems and roots are edible. If you bruise the stem or the leaves, you will detect a strong aroma. I have it all through the backyard & love how it looks, but never knew the name. Nettle Vine is a plant exclusive to the HamletDLC. This is a dioecious (staminate and pistillate flowers on different plants) plant with very small flowers. We have tried every possible remedy. My current batch gets some morning and midday sun, but afternoon shade and a fair bit of moisture. There is a nice web site which has in depth info about various edible weeds, including how to use them. The plant is considered an herbaceous perennial, meaning that it has herbal properties and grows back in the same areas year after year. That does in fact look pretty close to the plant that I've always called creek nettle, really close actually but a few minor differences but that could just be genetic variation. The most significant difference is that Henbit leaves are in whorls around the stem. It has disturbed me ever since I was just three years old, that people consider plantain, dandelion and lamb’s quarters to be weeds. Love this post! Thanks! How can Purple dead nettle be distinguished from Ground ivy? Clearly, it is a blessing. Now I see it is dead-nettles, both of which are edible. It creeps up under the sides and is usually fairly established by the time it appears on top of the ground. The flowers grow in whorls from the plant’s stem.” I always thought and have observed that it’s two flowers for each leaf pair and that is not a whorl. Yes, you can use 20 Mule Team Borax. Pistillate flower has four tepals in different-sized pairs, are greyish green and hairy. Pistillate flower has four tepals in different-sized pairs, are greyish green and hairy. The leaf edges are “scalloped” or “bluntly toothed.” The veins are noticeable and mostly palmate. Nettle beer is brewed from the young shoots. The leaves are arranged oppositely along the stem. I thought my lawn care company was failing to get rid of this plant. It is bilateral (or irregular) in shape — with lower and upper petal lips. If I try the Borax mix, will it kill the grass in the lawn? }, Confidently master the skill of correct plant identification. Nettle Vines will only bloom when they are both Wet and fully grown. The flowers have four stamens and yellow anthers. Here’s a page with info on the side effects of Ground Ivy. Thanks for clear ID detail. Like all edible wild plants, be careful to make sure to clearly identify the plant and test a little at first before consuming in quantity Note: Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series) Healing Wise has a very nice assortment of nettle recipes for food and for hair and skin tonics. Your email address will not be published. When the hair tip pierces the skin, the acid makes it into the skin causing anywhere from an annoying itch or burning that can last several minutes or a couple of days. There is a new branch of herbology called Invasive Plant Medicine…many of our “weeds” are actually very healing and contain nutrients needed by our bodies. This plant has a spinach-like taste.Caution: When collecting stinging nettle always cover up all exposed skin. The flowers occur in the axils of leaf-like bracts. The second plant is another hairy one — which can be mistakenly identified as Ground ivy. At maturity, the top leaves of deadnettle turn purple or purply green, and at this stage they have no poisonous look a like plants at all. Please reload CAPTCHA. I’ve had “creeping charlie” in my yard before, and used it for hanging baskets; which were really pretty, as it grows downward a long way, and blooms. Now I see that I need to pick it, which is what I did for a couple hours one day. Herbalists may have brought them here for that reason. Maybe it is a weed, but I think it’d be an improvement over the dirt/noxious weeds in some areas. Jacqueline Donnelly, Creeping Charlie is also a flea & tick repellent: ) Freeze dried for cake decor? You could argue that White Snakeroot doesn't belong in this discussion because its flowers are clearly different (they actually look like flowers). This is great, thank you! Thanks so much! })(120000); Purple dead nettle is in the mint family, and is called “dead nettle” (or sometimes “deadnettle”) because of its apparent resemblance to stinging nettle, minus the sting. I try to strike a balance of growing some where I can scissor cut them for meals or pull them out in my garden beds. You can clearly see the square stem in the next image. Let’s look at the Ground ivy flower. I also have multiple sclerosis, so yard work, other than mowing, is more than I can handle. The only problem is that I have a good mess of crabgrass and I believe, chickweed. One of my favorite foods is chickweed pesto — made with Common chickweed (Stellaria media). The next photo provides a close look at the Purple dead nettle flowers. Mix Borax and water and spray. They are all extremely nutritious also and pretty much grow all around the world. I’ll monitor its movement, though. : ), Pingback: Henbit, Violet, Deadnettle and other small purple flowers… | Arts & Wildcraft blog, Pingback: 9+ Things to Make with Purple Dead Nettle. . It is used to make medicine. four There was a reason i signed up for the weekly newsletter, haha. Both of these plants can usually be found in the same areas as stinging nettles. I’m not sure about the others. Do you have any other advice for weed ID resources? Finally won some measure of control with a strong borax mixture, applied two to three times per year. north-east United States (zones 4-7), but do grow elsewhere. eattheweeds.com. I have ground ivy taking over my yard and recall reading that it was nearly impossible to get rid of. I have an abundance of what looks like Stinging Nettle in my yard. Why would you want to get rid of it? I saw and enjoyed this post several months ago, but it’s also been useful recently when I was mowing through a bunch of aromatic, purple-flowering ground cover and wondered what it was. This year they are back, but not in such quantities- yet, so out comes the Borax! Now I’m going to try this with the henbit. (In this photo, the white areas on the petals are actually water drops.). Please reload CAPTCHA. My yard, it seems, gets more and more of these “weeds” and I’ve always wondered what they were. Suggested site for details: eattheweeds.com. It is nice to finally know what the rest of the world calls them. . display: none !important; I would like to see them compared to another, similar plant that I think is a speedwell but it’s flowers are blue and white. Both catnip and lemon balm are in the mint family, and things in the mint family tend to have blocky stems. Originally from Europe and Asia, this plant has sharp hairs that break easily and can irritate or sting when the plant is touched; however it is a vitamin-rich food source as well as a remedy for various medical conditions. Pingback: A Druid’s Web Log – Beltaine (May Day) 2016 | Ellen Evert Hopman. Instead, I hand-pull the plants and try to get the roots as much as possible (usually after a soaking rain). I’ll keep after it now, and may transplant some of it to an area where it can be just a ground cover. Thanks for your presentation. It grows in wetlands or open, moist woods like the one in my neighbourhood. The question is, are they all invasive weeds. Also noticeable are the hairs on the leaves. Like yellow archangel, and other members of the dead-nettle family, it doesn't have stinging leaves. I noticed that some plants have only two blossoms at each pair of leaves while others have a whorl of anywhere from three to six or so flowers. In-depth wild edible PDFs. . 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