Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans
Common Name: Ajuga, Bugle Flower, Carpet Bugle  
Plant photo of: Ajuga reptans
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • 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



Medium, High


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, 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
Photographer: Linda Engstrom, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

This colorful groundcover will grow in shade or sun with slightly moist soil. It is an evergreen with purplish rosettes that spread quickly on upright, slightly hairy stems. Blue bloom spikes cover these plants in April and May, and are 6-8" when blooming. This versatile groundcover can also be used in shady wildflower beds. -Holland Wildflower Farm
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