Irish wildflowers

Glechoma hederacea
Athair lusa
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: March-June. Perennial. Native.

Whorls of mauve-blue, occasionally pink, 2-lipped flowers. Sometimes purple spots on throat, lower lip. Calyx 5-toothed. Stalked leaves, cordate, blunt-toothed. Erect flower stalks. Hairy plant. Trailing or creeping stems, rooting. Height varies with habitat, taller in rich, damp soils. 10-25cm.

Frequent on both dry and damp ground. Woods, waste ground, hedges.

Similar: Variegated Ground-ivy. Garden escape.

Photographs above: Ballingeary, Co.Cork.

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