Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea, is a low sprawling invasive species of North America found from early spring to mid summer. Though it can be easily over looked the flowers are interesting enough to seek this plant out. It is suspected to be toxic to horses and may cause humans to have swollen throats, labored breath and difficult sleeping. The plant has some nutrition value and the leaves are reported to be edible, but they are better served as a tea mixed with other herbs. The Cherokee made an infusion of the plant for babies’ hives, measles and colds. Western medicine has used it for asthma, jaundice, hypochondria and monomania.
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