The Tortoise Club

Plant Name:

Creeping Charlie, Ground Ivy

Latin Name:

Glechoma hederacea

Plant Type:



Ground Ivy contains bioactive volatile oils, including terpenoids and pulegone; these are responsible for the characteristic “minty” odor and taste of plants in the mint family. Pulegone is a carcinogen that causes hepatic carcinomas, pulmonary metaplasia, and other neoplasms on oral administration in rodents and should be avoided with tortoises.