enter image description hereWhat type of ground cover is this? Is it a weed? Very low growing in patches on my lawn.

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We call it "creeping charlie" and it is a very invasive, pernicious weed. The botanical name is Glechoma hederacea.Creeping Charlie 1. It spreads very quickly and easily, it has small purple flowers. Leaf shape may vary some but that is Creeping Charlie, here's another picture of it in bloom.1]1

  • Wow! Its a weed. But I actually like it! Any harm to grow it as a ground cover in between stepping stones? Or do you recommend something else? Thank you! May 13, 2018 at 15:31
  • There is no "harm" in growing it in between stepping stones, the problem is confining it to where you want. May 13, 2018 at 17:40

It looks nothing like the creeping charlie in my lawn - wrong color and growth habit. It may be the very small, invasive Geranium lucidum. If so, the flowers will be pink: https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/animals-and-plants/noxious-weeds/weed-identification/shiny-geranium.aspx.

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