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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ ‘Tropical Toucan’ (Carpet Bugle)

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Ajuga Feathered Friends™ ‘Tropical Toucan’ (Carpet Bugle) is a vigorous evergreen perennial prized for its large, brilliant gold leaves, which quickly form a dense carpet of attractive rosettes. In spring and summer, the foliage is topped with pretty cobalt-blue flower spikes. Carpet Bugle is valued as a wonderful spreader making a colorful groundcover that remains attractive most of the year. Thriving in shady areas where grass has difficulty growing, Ajuga plants are great for woodland gardens. Low-maintenance and highly versatile, their great foliage colors make them perfect for planting under trees or shrubs, or on banks or slopes. While a dense mat will help suppress weeds, avoid planting near perennial beds or lawns where its spreading nature could pose removal problems.

  • Grows up to 4-6 in. tall (10-15 cm) and 18 in. wide (45 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it thrives in average, medium, well-drained soils and tolerates almost any soils provided they are moist and humusy. Will tolerate full sun in cooler areas if constant moisture is provided.
  • Provide good air circulation to avoid crown root problems.
  • A remarkably low-maintenance plant, this excellent performer is highly versatile and can be used in many situations: groundcovers, on banks or slopes, under trees or shrubs.
  • Propagate by division, separating rooted stems.
  • Generally pest free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildews. This plant is rabbit and deer resistant.
  • May be mowed after flowering in order to get rid of the spent flower spikes and clean up the planting.
  • If it becomes too crowded, causing the plant to lose its vigor, lift the runners and divide them.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Ajuga
Common names Bugle, Ajuga
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Ajuga
Common names Bugle, Ajuga
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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