General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 6 to 9"
Plant Spread: 6 to 12"
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates foot traffic
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies

Common names
  • Bugleweed
  • Bugle
  • Carpet Bugle
  • Carpenter's Herb
  • Blue Bugle

Photo Gallery
Photo by bumplbea
Location: z6a MA, my garden
Date: 2016-05-09
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-04-11

Photo by Gaha

Date: 2020
Volunteer seedlings from an Ajuga ‘Burgundy Glow’
Photo by robertduval14
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Wayneboro MS
Date: 2008-04-06
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: April 5, 2022
Bugleweed #134; RAB page 898, 164-2-1. AG page 406, 82-4-1. LHB p
Location: Twisp
Date: 2011-05-20
Photo by sedumzz
Location: full sun - zone 7
Date: 2019-08-07
Location: full sun - zone 7
Date: 2019-08-07
New plant.
Location: Potomac MD
Date: 2016-04-21
Location: charlottetown, pei, canada
Date: 2017-06-09
Bugleweed,Catlin's Giant,hardy tough plant.

Photo by KENPEI

Photo by Gaha
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-05-02
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2015-06-17
Love the colour of these leaves, plant is spreading nicely in my
Location: Massachusetts
Date: 2016-05-26
Ajuga? Blue Bugle? Takes over lawn.
Location: Garden
Date: Spring 2017
Excellent ground cover, bees love it.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-26
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-05-08
Location: New Zealand
Date: 2017-10-11

Photo by Jerzy Opioła

Date: 2019
Volunteer seedlings from an Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'
Location: Del Norte county amongst the Redwoods
Date: 2018-05-17
taken from yard and potted
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-26
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2016-03-09
Overwintering foliage
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 5/7/15
Not sure of culitvar, taken with complete overcast
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: February

 Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-05-04
Photo by arejay59
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-01-07
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-06
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-10-05
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-10-07

Photo by AnRo0002

Photo by Bff
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Photo by H. Zell

Photo by EnLorax

Photo by Hockenheimer Rheinbogen

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
  • Uploaded by vic

Photo by Stefan.lefnaer

Date: 2013-08-16

Date: 2013-08-16

Date: 2013-08-16
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 26th May 2009

photo credit: A. Barra
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-05-11
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2015-05-11
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  • Posted by Mike (Lower Hudson Valley, New York - Zone 6b) on Aug 24, 2014 7:52 PM concerning plant:
    A terrific groundcover that likes to creep down slopes in my yard and spill over rock borders onto the garden path. The bluish-purple flowers are long lived. The purplish green leaves provide a nice background for the long-lasting, bluish-purple flowers that rise above on little stems. Will occasionally get crown rot in hot humid summers. Flattens out and dies back during New York winters, to re-emerge in the spring.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Dec 3, 2011 12:35 AM concerning plant:
    Ajuga reptans is of the mint family. Its species name, reptans, refers to the reptilelike creeping of the plant's runners.

    Its use in folk medicine for healing external wounds is considered valid because the plant contains tannin, a substance that helps stop bleeding. Though it was considered a medicinal plant at one time, its use as an astringent is the only use that has been validated scientifically.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:11 PM concerning plant:
    Ajuga reptans reportedly attracts the beneficial insects Ladybugs and Hoverflies. Ladybugs feed on aphids, mealybugs, soft scales, and spider mites. Hoverflies feed on aphids.
Plant Events from our members
WebTucker On April 5, 2022 Bloomed
antsinmypants On May 15, 2022 Obtained plant
2 large clumps. Transplanted in Shade garden near the firepit.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Thrives only where it volunteered. by jsf67 Jan 29, 2017 6:42 AM 2
Leaves by DaylilySLP May 31, 2022 11:32 AM 2
Not Choco Chip by sedumzz May 31, 2022 11:02 AM 3
Not Chocolate Chip by sedumzz May 31, 2022 11:29 AM 1

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