Scientific Name: Ajuga reptans
Common Name: bugleweed, carpet bugleweed
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Origin: Europe, Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover, Invasive plant
Mature Size: 0.1 - 0.2m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Horizontal, Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Mounded
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Erosion control, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Herb, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Basal, Leathery, Heavily veined, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Lustrous, Ovate, Ciliate, Crenate, Dentate
Flowers: Verticillaster, Blue, Purple, May-Jun
Fruit: Schizocarp, Green, Brown, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Dense evergreen ground cover; leaves basal and then opposite on runners, mostly ovate, 4-11cm long x 3-7cm wide, bronze-green, margins crenate to irregular; florets crowded in verticillasters, (pink-) blue to purple, May-June.