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

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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.
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Thrives only where it volunteered. by jsf67 Jan 29, 2017 6:42 AM 2
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