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How to Grow Ajuga reptans Atropurpurea Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Dark purple Bugle

Dark purple bugle
Bronze Beauty Carpet Bugle (Ajuga Reptans) photograph by Christine Majul.

Ajuga reptans Atropurpurea Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Ajuga reptans Atropurpurea
  • Common Name: Dark purple bugle
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 4 to 8
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 20 to 72
  • Time of Bloom: Early spring to Mid summer
  • Flower Details: Blue
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Spreading / horizontal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: shade to partial shade partial sun
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Adaptable, Loamy, Neutral, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Division. It is easy to remove rooted plantlets in spring or early autumn
  • How to Prune: None required
  • Pests: Usually trouble free
  • Diseases: Powdery mildew can be a problem

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Deer, Black Walnut
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden, Woodland garden
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Closely Related Species: Lavender; Self Heal; Thyme; Mint; and Russian Sage.
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing
  • Genus Detail: Ajuga
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here



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