Unusual House Plant-Creeping Mint Charlie
I’ve looked allover the internet and can’t find the name of my houseplant. Can you help??
Your plant is a type of Swedish Ivy. The common name is a Creeping Mint Charlie plant. It’s scientific name is Glechoma hederacea and it’s a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae).
Swedish Ivy plants require bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., but no direct sun. When the light is tools, the plant becomes thin and “leggy.”
Allow the top 30% of the soil to dry out before watering. Most people kill a Swedish Ivy by over-watering and causing root rot. Yellow leaves indicate the plant is over-watered. The leaves become soft and dull green when the plant needs water. You can save an under-watered Swedish Ivy but it is hard to save an over-watered plant.
You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.