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Ajuga reptans (Carpet Bugle)

Carpet Bugle, Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Common Bugle


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. Rising 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, in mid-late spring or early summer.

  • However, gardeners treasure more the showy foliage of Ajuga reptans and its carpet habit than its flowers. Ground-hugging, this 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!
Ajuga Reptans, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle, Carpetweed, Common Bugle, Best perennial plants, best groundcover Ajuga Reptans, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle, Carpetweed, Common Bugle, Best perennial plants, best groundcover
  • A part shade to full shade lover, Ajuga thrives in average, medium moisture, well-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.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 10
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ajuga - Carpet Bugles
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 4" - 8" (10cm - 20cm)
Spread 6" - 2' (15cm - 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

*Pictures are courtesy of Christine Majul, Growing colors/ 123RF Stock Photo

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 10
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ajuga - Carpet Bugles
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 4" - 8" (10cm - 20cm)
Spread 6" - 2' (15cm - 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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