Salt Point, NY

We cut down two large maple trees early this spring. The ground underneath had been covered for years with thick leaves. The ground was scraped clean with a dozer and this low growing plant appeared and spread over a 15 foot square area during the summer. I don't remember any flowers. It seems to spread by runners. It has a very peculiar musty odor when crushed. It would make a great ground cover on this steep rough area but I want to be sure it isn't poisonous to people or animals.

Zone 5

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Brunswick, GA

Could be Gound Ivy (Glechoma hederacea). Not poisonous. In the mint family.

Stockton, CA(Zone 9a)

looks like the same plant that my friend had growing around his pond. I believe he called it Pennywort. Was very invasive in his garden. looked good around the pond and the way it traveled.

Hyderabad, India(Zone 12b)

It might be Centella Asiatica, compare this with the plant I am growing which actually is Centella.

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Brewster, MN(Zone 4b)

Sure looks like Creeping Charlie to me. It is a great ground cover but good luck keeping it under control! Can take years to get rid of.

stratford ontario, Canada

For sure this is creeping Charlie.I moved House 3 years ago and my new Garden was covered with this,it looks pretty but kills off all the grass and gets into the Flower beds.I used a solution of Borax and my Yard is now clear,of Charlie and I now have a beautiful Lawn.

RECIPE:-
Borax Solution for Creeping Charlie Control:
Dissolve 10 oz. Twenty Mule Team Borax in 4 oz. ( cup) warm water.
Dilute in 2.5 gallons of water.
Apply to areas affected with Charlie. Be careful not to overdo it or it will cause Hot Spots in your lawn where nothing will grow.

This will cover 1,000 square feet. If you have a smaller area to treat, cut the "recipe" accordingly

Brewster, MN(Zone 4b)

Although I used a chemical solution I've heard your recipe does work well. Am I correct that one should only use it once? Any more would seriously damage the soil? I could be way wrong on that.

stratford ontario, Canada

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Although I used a chemical solution I've heard your recipe does work well. Am I correct that one should only use it once? Any more would seriously damage the soil? I could be way wrong on that.


sorry ,did not see this until now. I have used the Borax a total of 3 times because I had so much creeping charlie.I added some topsoil to fill the bare spots and overseeded.My lawn looks fantastic now. I was aware that overuse of Borax can damage the soil but fortunately mine is okay and it has been worth the effort .If any stray bits pop up I can easily pull them out by hand.

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