Wildflower of the Week: Gill-over-the-ground
Also known as creeping charlie or ground ivy, this little plant has bell-shaped flowers that flare at the ends and are generally purple or violet in color. The leaves are kidney-shaped or rounded and range in color from medium green to a dull, reddish-green.
These pretty little flowers can be found along roadsides, on lawns, and in shaded areas in the woods. Gill-over-the-ground is an alien in North America as it was introduced by European settlers. It is a member of the mint family. Although I don’t know if it smells like mint – I will have to take a sniff next time I see one on my walk!