This plant is taking over my back yard. I was wondering if it was pennyroyal. It has purple flowers in the spring and grows by spreading of the root system.
Creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy and a few other names. I can think of a real nasty one myself! lol Good luck in getting rid of it. I finally had to have a service come in but I will have to have them again. It is extremely hard to get rid of. Google Creeping Charlie and you will find ways to get rid of it. Borax is supposed to work but unless you put the correct amount on it will render your lawn useless for several years.
The plant that you questioned looked to me like what we call Creeping Charlie or Ground Ivy. It spread on thread like runners through the lawn and garden and is almost impossible to get rid of. I just keep on pulling it out wherever I see it. It is a never ending challenge.
Since you mention that it has purple flowers in the Spring, it sounds like wild violets to me. Just as bad as Creeping Charlie! Get rid of it any way you can or it will take over your whole yard. I am working on pulling up as much as I can. If I see new leaves shooting up I squirt them with Round-Up. It is going to take a while to delete all of it, but seems to be working!
It is called Creeping Charley. It does take over, but is easy to pull. Smells good too.
This plant is called creeping charley.
This is ground ivy and i use it in place of grass. I love the way it looks when it is mowed, And it is easy to remove from places where you don't want it. If you are a gardener who wants to attract bees, this is one of the earliest plants to do so in the spring.
I have the same problem where I live so I took some to the local Extension Agent and he said it was called "Mallow Weed". It is hard to get rid of and he told me to use Killzall or Roundup but do it before it goes to blossom. It will also kill everything around it so when you spray you have to spray directly on the plant only.
It might be dollar weed (aka pennywort)-thrives in moist soils, and will take over a lawn in a couple of years.
It's hard to eradicate especially if you are having a drainage problem in your lawn area; you can try pre-emergent herbicides but those will take out any good stuff you have growing.
First thing to do is check the drainage of the area, then decide if you want to remedy the wetness. You may just want to mow it and forget it-it does mow pretty. :)
PS-if you do have wet spots in your lawn, you probably should find out what is causing the drainage problem-it could be a seeping pipe or other problem and the dollar weed is trying to give you a heads up by its presence.
It's a Pennywort, also called dollar weed. It thrives where the ground is very wet.
This is called "ground ivy" in our area (western KY); it is not wild violets based on your photo. It can and will take over a yard in just a few years. Growing by runners, it can be pulled (gently) from the ground when the soil is moist and the plant is relatively young, if you have only a few. Be sure to get all the root!
It can also be sprayed with a broad leak herbicide (any lawn weed herbicide should work) if you have a lot, but beware of over-spray on adjacent plants in flower beds. It's very persistent and several treatments may be needed. Although generally considered a weed, it is a very pretty plant with attractive blooms in the spring. It will invade your flowerbeds if it gets a chance however. In our area, even drought and extreme heat will not kill it.
Can the leaves be eaten in salad?
As long as you are certain it is pennywort it is edible.
Becky, the plant in the picture you are showing is not pennywort. It is garlic mustard. It is edible.
Sorry, it may also be a dichondra. It's hard to tell from a small picture. Crush it and see if it smells like garlic. If it does, it's garlic mustard. If it doesn't it's dichondra.
In MA this plant is known as Creeping Charlie. If you check wild flowers and herbs, I think it is also edible like the wild violet.
It does have a wonderful scent and I enjoy seeing the bits of color here and there throughout the yard. If you are a gardener who enjoys groundcovers this isn't a bad one. Other wise it is easy to weed. Good luck.
Maybe its malva sylvestris
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