Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Reaches 2 to 5 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Groundcover
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
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 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:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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".