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Ajuga reptans (Bugle, Ajuga)

Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading ground hugging
Size Spreading or Ground Hugging Plant
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Spring), Purple Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Ajuga reptans Description

This creeping ground hugging perennial makes great ground cover, forming a carpet of glossy purple foliage and producing masses small spikes of dark blue flowers early summer. Ideal as edging plant or planted on mass. Bugle is a good low input all-rounder for under planting around trees and shrubs, or as shade loving ground cover.


Ajuga reptans - Cultivation Notes

Bugle requires little maintenance, spreading naturally into a low growing dense weed suppressing ground cover. Flourishing on most soils but preferring a fertile soil that is not to dry, this a hardy plant, growing in full sun but preferring partial or full shade.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Ajuga reptans:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Ajuga reptans

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Ajuga reptans:

  • Winter/early spring flowering herbaceous plant for early colour and extended seasonal interest
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Ajewga, Ajuger, Ajewger

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