Creeping Charlie: A Surprisingly Beautiful & Underestimated Houseplant



The name Creeping Charlie is confusing because it’s used for three different creeping plants: Glechoma hederacea, Plectranthus verticillatus, and Pilea nummulariifolia.

Both Glechoma  and Plectranthus are in the mint family (Lamiaceae), but Pilea is a non-prickly member of the nettle family (Urticaceae), which is a familiar houseplant and is sometimes grown as a ground cover.

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Creeping Charlie Plant Care


Like many other tropical  plants, Creeping Charlie is an understory vine that grows along the ground in dappled sunlight that filters through the trees above. It wilts and burns in direct sunlight and does best in bright indirect light.


Temperatures inside your home will be fine for Creeping Charlie since it does best between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which are well within the average household range.


Creeping Charlie does best in high humidity levels, like 40 to 60%. This is higher than in most households, so you’ll need to boost the humidity around your plant.

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