Carpetbugle - 'Ajuga reptans'Carpetbugle is a low growing semi-evergreen perennial groundcover that produces attractive 8-10" spikes bearing purple-blue flowers throughout April and May. Commonly used and referred to as a 'groundcover', Carpetbugle is slowly invasive and most often used to cover bare places of ground and is dense in its nature of growth. Carpetbugle can grow in shade to full sun which makes it ideal for filling large areas like banks and hillsides. Originally native to Europe, Ajuga has a habit of choking out competing plants and weeds. Carpetbugle is excellent in preventing soil erosion. Carpetbugle also makes a great underplanting for a number of other plants and trees. Do not use it as an edging for the lawn, as it will easily spread into the grass.
||Blue bugle, Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Carpet Bungleweed, Common bugle, Burgundy lace, Ajuga, and Carpetbugle|
||Black Scallop, Blueberry Muffin, Bronze Beauty, Burgundy Glow, Catlin's Giant, Chocolate Chip, Dixie Chip, Mahogany, Pink Lightning, Planet Zork, Purple Brocade|
||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
||Leaves are dark to 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|
||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.