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Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea), fam. Lamiaceae.
Quite widespread forest plant and urban weed. Its climbing shoots with wavy reniform leaves cover the ground starting from the very early spring, and in April they alreay bring inconspicuous lilac-blue little flowers. Groud-ivy occurs throughout the great area of temperate zone of Eurasia, and also entered North America, where it became a malicious weed.
The concoctions and infusions of ground-ivy have antitumor, antiinflammatory, choleretic properties, promote the regeneration of liver and kidneys, recommended to enhance lactation, possess antibacterial and hypotensive action. They have bitter, astringent taste, and not very pleasant flavor, with a touch of mint. Should be used with care - ground-ivy is slightly poisonous, it can cause the symptoms of heart failure and digestive disorders.