Ajuga reptans, also called Bugleweed, Bugleherb, Carpet bugle, and Common bugle. It is a creeping herbaceous perennial from the Lamiaceae family.
It is related to mint, and is native to Europe.
ajuga reptans photograph by nociveglia.
It is hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 10, and will typically bloom in late spring and early summer.
Typically plants are 4-9 inches (10 to 23 cm) tall. Ajuga reptans is mat forming and plants spread quickly to form a dense living carpet that features glossy dark green foliage.
This tough, low-maintenance plant, produces spikes of blue-violet flowers that rise above the matted foliage, but most gardeners prize Bugle for its lovely leaves.
It can be used as a ground cover on banks or slopes and is wonderful for filling in areas of shade where grass doesn't do well.
Other uses include borders and beds or under shrubs. It can also be grown in containers.
Varieties, such as Ajuga reptans Mahogany can make great ground cover plants, photograph by Forest and Kim Starr; CC.
This plant is deer and rabbit resistant and attracts pollinators to the garden. It will smother weeds making it a great choice for natural landscapes and gardens.
Grow Bugleweed in full sun to partial shade in an area with good air circulation.
It likes a well-drained loamy soil with a medium level of moisture, but will tolerate soil that is moderately dry.
As it is a woodland plant it prefers soils that are acidic; ideally the soil pH should be 3.7 to 6.5.
Carpet bugle picture by Forest and Kim Starr; CC.
Ajuga reptans, will spread quickly via runners, and may be cut back or mowed after flowering.
If bugleweed plants begin to be too crowded, dig up whole plants and any surrounding clumps in spring or fall and divide them.
Space the divided plants about a foot (30 cm) apart in their new location.
Bugleweed photograph by Andreas Rockstein; CC.