Ajuga Reptans is Also Known as Bugleweed Plant
Ajuga reptans, commonly known as bugleweed or carpet bugle, is a low-growing perennial plant that belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa but has been introduced to many other parts of the world as an ornamental plant.
Ajuga Reptans Is a Low-Growing Groundcover
The plant grows 4-6 inches but can sometimes reach up to 12 inches in height. It spreads rapidly using runners and forms a dense mat of foliage, which makes it an excellent ground cover.
Ajuga Reptans Has Glossy Burgundy Leaves
The perennial leaves are dark green, glossy, and oval-shaped, with a slightly toothed margin. The stems are square-shaped, typical of the mint family, and can be green or reddish-brown.
Ajuga Blooms are Lavender
The plant blooms in late spring to early summer, producing spikes of small, tubular flowers that are typically blue or purple but can also be pink or white. The flowers are arranged in whorls around the stem and are attractive to bees and pollinators. Ajuga reptans is a hardy and adaptable plant that can grow in various soil types and light conditions. However, it prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade and is used as a ground cover in shady areas, along borders or paths, or in rock gardens.