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Nepeta glechoma variegata

Ground Ivy
Trailing Nepeta
Nepeta glechoma variegata is an excellent trailing plant with attractive variegated foliage and small violet-blue flowers in June to July.

Max Height 15cm. Max Spread 1.2m. Full sun/partial shade. Hardy most years.

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Nepeta glechoma variegata

Ground Ivy
Trailing Nepeta
An excellent trailing plant with attractive variegated foliage and small violet-blue flowers in June to July.

Max Height 15cm. Max Spread 1.2m. Full sun/partial shade. Hardy most years.


Nepeta glechoma variegata, commonly known as Variegated Ground Ivy or Variegated Nepeta, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. This species belongs to the family Lamiaceae, which is the same family as mint and sage. It is a popular ornamental plant grown for its attractive variegated leaves, delicate blue flowers, and its ability to spread quickly, making it an excellent groundcover.

Variegated Ground Ivy grows up to a height of 30 cm and spreads up to 1 meter. It has creeping stems that root at the nodes, forming a dense mat of foliage. The leaves are heart-shaped, with a bright green color on the edges and a creamy white color in the center. The variegation of the leaves is due to the absence of chlorophyll in the white part, which makes it unable to produce its food.

In the summer, the plant produces small, tubular flowers in shades of blue and purple that are attractive to bees and butterflies. The flowers are arranged in loose spikes, giving the plant a delicate, airy appearance.

Variegated Ground Ivy is a hardy plant that thrives in a wide range of growing conditions. It prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial shade but can tolerate full sun and dry conditions once established. It is also tolerant of a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.

Propagation of Variegated Ground Ivy can be done through division, cuttings, or seed. Division is the easiest method, and it is best done in the spring or fall when the plant is actively growing. Simply dig up the plant, divide it into smaller sections, and replant them. Cuttings can be taken in the summer and rooted in a potting mix. Seed propagation is also possible but is less reliable than other methods.

Variegated Ground Ivy is primarily grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. Its variegated leaves and delicate flowers make it an attractive addition to rock gardens, borders, and woodland gardens. It is also an excellent groundcover and is often used to stabilize slopes or as a filler between pavers.

In addition to its ornamental uses, Variegated Ground Ivy has some medicinal properties. It has been used traditionally as a tonic and astringent for treating respiratory and digestive problems. It is also believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Variegated Ground Ivy is a low-maintenance plant that requires little attention once established. It is drought-tolerant but will benefit from regular watering during dry spells. To keep it from becoming invasive, it is recommended to plant it in a contained area or to trim it back regularly. It can also be controlled by pulling up any errant stems.

In conclusion, Nepeta glechoma variegata is an attractive and easy-to-grow plant that is well-suited for a variety of garden settings. Its variegated leaves, delicate flowers, and ability to spread quickly make it an excellent groundcover. With a little care and attention, it can thrive in a range of growing conditions and add beauty to any garden.


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