The taste of Ground Ivy raw is so pungent that it is difficult for most people to chew an entire leaf; However, that flavour mellows considerably on cooking, and so makes an excellent addition for stock, sauces and gravies.
It is a common, perhaps unremarkable, plant with one defining feature – its pungent, rotten smell. This smell, particularly apparent when the leaves are crushed, keeps herbivores away and gives it a local name of ‘Stinking roger’ in some places.
Shepherd’s purse has shown evidence of being “protocarniverous”; Meaning that its seeds attract nematodes and trap them in mucilage. When the nematodes die over the next few days, they enrich the soil with nutrients which the plant can use.