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Glechoma. Ground-ivy, Gill-over-the-ground. Nepeta hederacea.

Botanical name:

Glechoma. Nepeta hederacea (L.) Trevisan (N. Glechoma Benth.). Herba Hederae Terrestris. Lierre terrestre, Fr. Gundermann, Gundelrebe, G. Ground-ivy. Gill-over-the-ground.—A small perennial, labiate herb, indigenous in Europe and widely naturalized in the United States, and growing in damp, shady, grassy places, as in orchards and along fences and hedges. The herb was formerly official, and still enjoys some credit as a domestic remedy. It has a peculiar, disagreeable odor, and a bitterish, somewhat aromatic taste, and imparts its properties to boiling water. It is very prone to have galls developed on it, and to be infested with certain fungi. (J. P. 0., 1875, 127.) It is said to be gently stimulant and tonic, diuretic, and aperient; used in chronic pulmonary and urinary catarrhs. From a half drachm to a drachm (2-3.9 Gm.) was usually given in infusion as a dose.


The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.



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