Weeds

Creeping Charlie

(Creeping Charlie, Catsfoot, Run-away-Robin, Creeping Jenny)

Creeping Charlie
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Creeping Charlie is an herbaceous perennial plant that spreads by seed and by creeping stems (called stolons) that grow along the ground. It has bright green, round or kidney-shaped leaves that have scalloped edges. The leaves are produced opposite each other on square it is a four-sided leaf, creeping stems that roots form right at the nodes. In spring it has small, bluish-purple flowers. This weed thrives in moist, shady spots found under trees and shrubs, and along the north sides of buildings and outside structures. Amending the moist, shady conditions can discourage growth. If possible, improve soil drainage or water less frequently to dry the soil, and prune trees to open the canopy and increase light levels for better air circulation. If it is invading a thin lawn, it is best to try and improve lawn grass health and density to get weeds under control. This can be done by mowing regularly at a height of two to three and one-half inches, fertilizing and watering appropriately, and overseeding in the fall. If it is very invasive a broad leaf weed killer in early spring and fall may be needed.