Gill-Over-The-Ground

When & Where to Find
Gill-Over-The-Ground, also known as Ground Ivy, starts growing early May in South Dakota. It is a creeping weed with round, scalloped toothed, and sometimes purple-tinged leaves. Found on lawns and shady forests.

How to Eat
Most of the time this plant is too fuzzy for me to eat a bunch so I simply chew it and spit it out. The mint flavor leaves a refreshing taste in the mouth. BUT! Sometimes when I find it young enough the leaves are delicious to eat by the handful. Usually steeped in boiling water for 10 min as a tea.

(Left photo is catnip but the square stem gives an idea of how ground ivy stems appear)