Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans
Common Name: Ajuga, Bugle Flower, Carpet Bugle  
Plant photo of: Ajuga reptans
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Purple


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Medium, High


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Lawn, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Linda Engstrom, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

This useful groundcover is an evergreen perennial that has dark green, spoon-shaped leaves. It spreads quickly forming a dense mat. Small blue or purple flowers appear on erect spikes in spring and summer. Ajuga reptans prefers part shade to full shade and moist, well draining soil. It is considered invasive in some areas.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.