Family: Lamiaceae

Scientific Name: Ajuga reptans atropurpurea

Common Name: Ajuga

DescriptionA rapid growing ground cover with bronze leaves.
Pronunciation(a-JOO-guh)(REP-tans)
Plant TypeGroundcovers and vines
Hardiness Zone4-9
Sunlightfull to shade, deeper color in brighter light, foliage becomes crispy in hot dry sites
Moistureaverage, moist
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowersbluish spikes
Leavesglossy bronze leaves
Stemscrowns, stolons
Rootsfibrous
Dimensionsa few inches tall, can spread rapidly
MaintenanceThis plant can suffer from winter damage from the drying winds. If it is in an area that will not get snow cover, a light mulch will help. Some deadheading may be required.
Propagationvery easy by division
Misc FactsThis plant is also called Bugle Weed.
Author's NotesThis is an older cultivar. We grew this variety at my nursery during the early 1980's.
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #68-Groundcovers for the Midwest (Voight, Hamilton, Giles)
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