Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is a perennial, creeping plant that is sometimes grown as an ornamental ground cover. However, it can quickly spread to form thick mats throughout lawns and garden beds. Creeping Charlie can be identified by its lightly scalloped, fanlike or kidney-shaped leaves that are 1 to 2 inches across and have a minty aroma when crushed. It also produces small, bluish-purple, funnel-shaped flowers in spring.

Creeping Charlie is most prevalent in moist soil and partial shade. Control may take several applications of contact herbicides, which kill only the plant parts contacted by the chemical.


Creeping Charlie is located throughout the United States.

Related or Similar Plants

Creeping Jenny, Ground Ivy.

Cultural Solutions

  • Do not overwater shady areas.
  • Prune trees to increase light.
  • Well-maintained and properly-mowed lawns are less susceptible.