Valued as a wonderful spreader making colorful groundcovers with its dense, attractive leaf rosettes, Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans) is a quick mat-forming grower which will thrive in shady areas where grass won't grow. Arising from the center of the rosettes are whorls of tiny blue-violet, purple, pink or white flowers arranged on spikes which create a striking display when in full bloom, from mid-late spring to early summer.

  • However, gardeners treasure more the showy foliage of Ajuga reptans and its carpet habit than its flowers. Ground-hugging, this semi-evergreen perennial grows typically only 4-8 inches tall (10-20 cm) and remains attractive most of the year.
  • A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer is highly versatile and can be used in many situations: groundcover, on banks or slopes, under trees or shrubs. It is also great in containers!
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  • part shade to full shade lover, it thrives in averagemediumwell-drained soils and tolerates almost any soils provided they are moist and humusy. Will tolerate full sun if constant moisture is provided
  • Provide good air circulation to avoid crown root problems. This plant is rabbit or deer resistant!
  • May be mowed after flowering in order to get rid of the spent flower spikes and clean up the planting.

A few beautiful Ajuga reptans cultivars

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Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'

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Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

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Ajuga 'Catlin's Giant'

  • Deep blue flowers and a lustrous, multicolored pink - green foliage. 8 in. tall (20 cm)
  • Very dark burgundy to almost black glossy foliage, large crinkled and heavily scalloped leaves for a unique appearance, large dark violet-blue flowers. 6 in. tall (15 cm).
  • Large purplish-bronze leaves with blue flower spikes. Up to 12 in. tall (30 cm). Award of Garden Merit.