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San Diego, Ca
May 14, 2016 9:32 AM CST
I bought this plant at a nursery and was told it was a type of salvia. I haven't found any pictures like it and am not sure. The leaves were a deep green/black and corrugated unlike other salvias I have seen. It was in full bloom with cobalt/purple flowers in April and the flower stalks are not thin like most salvias. Please help if you know what it is.
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San Diego, Ca
May 14, 2016 9:59 AM CST
A few more images now that blooms are gone
Name: Jay
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May 14, 2016 10:04 AM CST
Looks like Ajuga to me. Possibly Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty')

Name: Jennifer
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May 14, 2016 10:04 AM CST

It looks like Ajuga to me
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May 14, 2016 10:08 AM CST
This looks not like a Salvia to me but rather an Ajuga reptans cultivar..maybe Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'?
Name: Elaine
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May 14, 2016 10:15 AM CST
I can see how a nursery worker might mistake it for Salvia farinacea, since the flowers are similar shape and color. But it's definitely one of the blue-flowered Ajuga cultivars. Salvia grows in the sun, and Ajuga will take more shade and grows more like a groundcover.

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