Plant ID forum: unknown groundcover

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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jan 7, 2012 3:08 PM CST
took this pic today...it's doing great in spite of a recent hard freeze. When it blooms the blooms are purple/lavender. I didn't plant it...was here when we bought the place in 1996.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 7, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)?
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Jan 7, 2012 5:13 PM CST
I agree Ajuga of some kind
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 7, 2012 6:05 PM CST
I agree, Ajuga ... probably A. reptans as SongofJoy mentioned: http://www.floridata.com/ref/a/ajug_rep.cfm
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SongofJoy
Jan 8, 2012 6:21 AM CST
That is such a beautiful picture, Lin. I hope mine looks like that this year. Thanks for posting it. Gives me ideas. I know Ajuga can take some foot traffic. Lovey dubby
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Strever
Jan 8, 2012 9:55 PM CST
Come spring it will change to this :-)

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 8, 2012 10:58 PM CST
Tee: That isn't my photo in the Floridata link but I agree, nice picture of the Ajuga ground cover beneath that bench.

Strever: Thumbs up Oooh, now that is very pretty! I've seen Ajuga growing down here in Florida but I rarely see blooms. I would love to get rid of all of my sod lawn and have a complete ground cover of Ajuga, wouldn't that be a sight when in full bloom?
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SongofJoy
Jan 9, 2012 4:13 AM CST
It surely would! Smiling
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jan 9, 2012 12:15 PM CST
So do ya'll think I should add my pic to Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans)....or Ajuga reptans Black Scallpop since my leaves are more purple then just green?? or perhaps wait till it blooms again?
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jan 9, 2012 12:52 PM CST
The leaves on the one I have which was already here when I moved nearly 14 years ago look purple in the middle, I think Ajuga reptans has purple foliage but can change with light and temperature. At this time of year mine show more purple, when in flower they tend to green out.

A 'stock' photo of Black Scallop, you will find a range of colours on a google search.

http://www.vanbloem.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=PLANTS.plantDet...

There's other cultivars such as Catlin's Giant..

http://www.gardensandplants.com/uk/plant.aspx?plant_id=150

Safest to stick with Ajuga reptans.
Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jan 9, 2012 1:02 PM CST
Thanks...that's what I'll do
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gardengus
Jan 9, 2012 1:03 PM CST
I agree

Best match Ajuga reptans
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StephGTx
Jan 9, 2012 3:39 PM CST
I agree Yes, when the temps are colder the leaves turn a beautiful purple/burgandy color. That is common among the ajugas. I would note in the DB that it is the fall/winter color too. JMHO
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 12, 2012 7:23 PM CST
Would there be an easy way to limit the spread of the ajuga? Mine is moving into areas I do want for it to go. Thumbs down
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 12, 2012 8:14 PM CST
I made an edge for the ajuga with some fairly deep wood chip mulch. The ajuga put out a few feelers over the wood chips, but didn't go further after it didn't find any hospitable soil. It spreads along the top of the soil, rooting where its stems touch the ground. If the stems touch down in a bad spot, it won't root.

BTw, the cultivar shown at the top of the thread might be one of the dark-leaved hybrids. The one I planted at my daughter's house (in Utah) had something about "Licorice" in the name as I recall. Even in spring its leaves were that dark color. It has quite deep purple flowers, too. There's a light green variegated one, too. (and probably many more since I last looked at it)
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 12, 2012 8:32 PM CST
Thanks, for the tip. I tip my hat to you. I will try that. I have pulled some up, but that just seems to encourage it to move faster. Hilarious!
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Jun 13, 2012 6:00 AM CST
I'm quite enjoying the newish patch of Ajuga I have, it set itself a short distance from the few originals which get a lot of shade. The new patch is spreading nicely and gets a little more sun (assuming we have sun!), it attracts many bees which is great for them. It does make great ground cover in the right place, if it's happy that's good, better than struggling with something which isn't so happy.

Marilyn, I wonder if you could find another ground cover plant to surround the Ajuga with, one which would beat it back or mingle with it? At the moment I don't have any suggestions, wood chip mulch sounds a good idea but complete ground cover with plants is a great way to go, preferably bee or insect friendly plants. This year I have lots of wild native Veronica growing near mine, where otherwise the ground would have been bare, I love it!

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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Jun 13, 2012 3:57 PM CST
No idea what I did or didn't do but I have very little left...actually wish I had more. THere was another ground cover here when we bought the place that had pretty yellow flowers...managed to kill it too...NOT on purpose Shrug! Shrug!
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