Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans Add
Common Name: Bugle Flower, Carpet Bugle  
Plant photo of: Ajuga reptans
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Bulb


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Foundation, Lawn, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Linda Engstrom, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

This colorful ground cover will grow in shade or sun with slightly moist soil. It is an evergreen with purplish rosettes that spread quickly on purplish stems. Blue bloom spikes cover these plants in April and May, and are 6"-8" when blooming. This versatile ground cover can also be used in shady wildflower beds.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.