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Carpet Bugle Ajuga reptans

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ah-JOO-gah REP-tans
Description

Bugleweed is an evergreen herbaceous fast-growing groundcover that is stoloniferous and in the mint family. It is an excellent plant for moist areas, although it will tolerate moderately dry soils and makes a wonderful ground cover in cool, shady areas where grass will not grow. This compact dense mat has beautiful small clusters of purple flowers. Divide these plants when they grow too crowded in the spring or fall to prevent crown rot or propagate by seeds or cuttings. This plant is resistant to damage by deer. 

Blooms from spring to early summer. Needs confinement. Will smother weeds but it will invade turf spaces. Used commonly for banks, edging, groundcovers. 

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'
  • 'Catlins Giant'
  • 'Jungle Beauty'
  • 'Rubra'
Tags:
#bees#purple#hummingbirds#white#evergreen#birds#blue#spring#perennial#violet#white flowers#weed#purple flowers#shade tolerant#blue flowers#spring flowers#apvg#clay soil#rapid growth#clay#sandy soil#fast growing#cpp#grows fast#mat#violet flowers#summer flowers#ajuga#deer resistant#groundcover#fantz#nectar plant summer#nectar plant spring#lawn weed
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bronze Beauty'
  • 'Catlins Giant'
  • 'Jungle Beauty'
  • 'Rubra'
Tags:
#bees#purple#hummingbirds#white#evergreen#birds#blue#spring#perennial#violet#white flowers#weed#purple flowers#shade tolerant#blue flowers#spring flowers#apvg#clay soil#rapid growth#clay#sandy soil#fast growing#cpp#grows fast#mat#violet flowers#summer flowers#ajuga#deer resistant#groundcover#fantz#nectar plant summer#nectar plant spring#lawn weed
  • 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, hummingbirds and songbirds.
    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
    Spreading
    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
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blue-violet in early spring through summer 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 Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    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
    Problems:
    Weedy