||Blue bugle, Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Carpet Bungleweed, Common bugle, Burgundy lace, Ajuga, and Carpetbugle|
||Leaves are dark green, light green, bronzed, purple, or variegated depending on cultivar. Leaves have purple highlights that grow 2-3" and radiate from the crowns and are obovate.|
||3-6" in height with flower spikes approaching 8-10"|
||Zone 4-8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||Invasive when planted near lawns or other perennials. Ajuga reptans spreads by stolons.|
||Growth rate is slow|
||Blue, purple, pink, or white flowers (depending upon cultivar) are borne on 4 to 6" long stalks in peak blossom between May and June. Flowering stalks are square with small opposite leaves.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||Aphids and crown rot|
||Well-known Ajuga reptans varieties are listed below...|
- Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' - bright green-bronze foliage turns glossy deep purple in Autumn and Winter
||Ajuga reptans makes an excellent slowly invasive groundcover with attractive vertical spikes of flowers in late Spring, and semi-evergreen foliage for year-round interest. Does particular well in shaded areas and entranceways, forming a soft carpet of green leaves.|
||Prefers moist, well-drained soils of average fertility in partial shade, with regular watering during the hot and dry periods of Summer. Mass planting may die out (due to crown rot) under prolonged wet conditions in poorly drained soils|
||Weed-wack blooms down in late spring, early summer to promote a greener, more consistent groundcover carpet.|
||Fertilize yearly in early spring with fertilizers rich in phosphorous.
||Start at the farthest away area and plant the 'groundcover' evenly and outwards (like painting yourself into a corner). Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.