Alehoof1

$8.50

Low growing edible and medicinal perennial, naturalized worldwide, carried as a plant of choice by European settlers.

Description

Low growing edible and medicinal perennial, naturalized worldwide, carried as a plant of choice by European settlers.

  • Botanical Name: Glechoma hederacea
  • Common Names: Ground Ivy, Creeping Charlie
  • Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)
  • Form: Herb
  • Lifecycle: Evergreen perennial
  • Use 1. Culinary Used fresh, the plant is considered edible and nutritious in salads, or it may be steamed like spinach  or added to soups. The flowers are also edible. 
  • Use 2. Medicinal: With its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and expectorant actions, alehoof has been used traditionally as a safe and gentle medicine to treat eye infections, colds, flu, and congestion and is reportedly excellent for clearing up catarrh and post-nasal drip. 
  • Use 3. Herbal Tea:  Use 1 tspn dried or 2 tspn fresh leaves. Often mixed with lemon verbena.
  • Use 4: Alehoof used to be used in beer making (hence the name Ale – hoof) to flavour, clarify and preserve the brew, but fell out of use as hops gained popularity.
  • Use 5. Ground Cover: Spreading on stolons (above ground stems), alehoof will form a dense low level mat
  • Growing Conditions: Prefers some moisture and normal to acid soil, in sun or part shade
  • Height: 10cm
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Flowering time:  Early through to late summer
  • Pollination: Self-fertile
  • Biodiversity value: Attracts bees
  • Native to: Eurasia
  • Food Forest Fit: Excellent edible and medicinal ground cover layer
  • Fun Fact: Alehoof has been used as a substitute for rennet in the cheese making process.
  • Pot size: 9cm