• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 2 to 5 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Groundcover
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-JU-gah REP-tanz
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 29 - 45
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Reaches 2 to 5 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Bronze
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Design IdeasOutstanding groundcover for shaded high profile locations where plants are viewed up close. Thrives under tree and shrub canopies along edges of shaded orders. Super for defining flagstone paths. Ideal for foliage contrast in containers, baskets and troughs.
    Companion PlantsGroup ajuga with other small stature part shade plants such as Frosted Violet Coral Bells, (Heuchera 'Frosted Violet'), Burgundy Lace Painted Fern, (Athyrium niponicum 'Burgundy Lace'), Golden Variegated Sweet Flag, (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon') and Fox Red Curly Sedge, (Carex buchananii).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This native of Europe plant belongs in the mint family and is known as bugle weed. The genus is from the Latin for "not Yoked", referring to a certain part of the flower. Over fifty species are known world wide. A reptans describes the creeping habit of this species.
    Lore:
    Ajuga was an ancient medicinal and used as a wound coagulant, which led to it's lesser known common name, "carpenter's herb".