Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Ground Ivy
Glechoma hederacea
of the Mint family
a perennial
10-25 cm high
blooms March-September
likes edge of woods, grassy places, fields, hedgerows
can be seen where the Calder flows into the Loch at the Roman Bath-house.

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Leaves of this plant remain green all year round and smell mildy minty when bruised. They were once used in the brewing of ale, called "gill-ale", until the 16th century. "Gill tea" was also popular for the treatment of chest conditions.
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