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Ajuga reptans

Phonetic Spelling
ah-JOO-gah REP-tans
Description

Evergreen herbaceous groundcover to 12 cm, stoloniferous and mat-forming. Otherwise known as bugleweed, this plant is excellent for moist areas though it will tolerate moderately dry soils. Bugleweed forms a great ground cover and spreads rapidly. It attracts bumblebees and makes a wonderful ground cover in cool, shady areas where grass will not grow. have beautiful small clusters of purple flowers. Divide these plants when they grow too crowded to prevent crown rot. This plant is resistant to damage by deer. 

Blooms Spring to early Summer. Needs confinement. Will smother weeds, but will invade turf spaces. Used commonly for banks, edging, groundcovers. 

 

  • Season: Early to late spring
  • Habit: Evergreen
  • Site: Partial shade to shade; prefers sandy, well (to moderately) drained soil but tolerates clay
  • Texture: Medium to coarse
  • Form: Compact, dense mat
  • Propagation: Seed, cuttings, or division in spring or fall

Family name Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Low, mat-forming groundcover
  • Acaulescent, spatulate leaves in basal rosette
  • 2-lipped flowers on erect spikes in spring

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bronze Beauty'
  • 'Jungle Beauty'
  • 'Rubra'
Tags:
#bees#purple#hummingbirds#white#evergreen#birds#blue#spring#perennial#violet#white flowers#weed#wildlife plant#purple flowers#shade tolerant#blue flowers#apvg#clay soil#rapid growth#clay#sandy soil#cpp#grows fast#mat#violet flowers#ajuga#deer resistant#groundcover#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bronze Beauty'
  • 'Jungle Beauty'
  • 'Rubra'
Tags:
#bees#purple#hummingbirds#white#evergreen#birds#blue#spring#perennial#violet#white flowers#weed#wildlife plant#purple flowers#shade tolerant#blue flowers#apvg#clay soil#rapid growth#clay#sandy soil#cpp#grows fast#mat#violet flowers#ajuga#deer resistant#groundcover#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ajuga
    Species:
    reptans
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bumblebees
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    sandy soil, clay soil; this plant is resistant to damage by deer
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blue-violet flowers in spring on 4 to 6 in. spikes; spreads by stolons. A spike to 12 cm; up to 6 per whorl; bracts tinged purple-blue. Blue, white, purple, pink; 2-lipped, lower lip larger than upper.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Spatulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy, medium green, 3 to 4 in.-long, oval-shaped leaves in tight rosettes. Whorled, simple, spatulate, irregularly toothed, glabrous; green, silver, bronze or purple; form basal rosette.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Acaulescent.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer