Blueberry Muffin Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' PP #22,092

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05441
This vigorous groundcover forms a dense mat of green foliage with chocolate brown hues covered with eight-inch tall spikes of deep blue flowers in spring. Its thicker foliage has excellent mildew resistance. Ideal in a container, around shrubs, or as a filler in a bed or rock garden. May repeat bloom in milder climates. An herbaceous perennial.
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Botanical Pronunciationa-JU-gah REP-tanz
LoreThis garden perennial falls into the mint family along with all the useful herbs. It is known as bugle weed and the more ground hugging species were the carpet bugles. The genus was assigned by Linnaeus from the Latin for "not Yoked" which refers to a certain part of the flower. There are over 50 different species, this one named A. reptans, from the Latin for creeping, which describes its growth habit. Ajuga was an ancient medicinal and used as a wound coagulant, which led to it's lesser known common name, "carpenter's herb".
Average Size at MaturityForms a dense, mounded mat 6 in. tall, 18 in. wide; 10 in. tall in bloom.
Bloom TimeSpring to Early Summer
Design IdeasThis ground hugging colorful groundcover has long been the solution for difficult dappled shade under canopies of large shade trees. Unusual foliage color and towers of blue flowers are best appreciated up close in the front of borders or in foundation planting at often traveled points. Flat habit and resilient nature is well-suited for filling in gaps between individual flagstones and concrete steppers. Same application can be used in sheltered rock gardens or around landscape boulders and outcroppings. Good color relief for Asian garden settings. Easy to grow in containers and troughs.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorBronze
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding, Spreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

Thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Best foliage color in sunnier exposures. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in late summer. Space 15 to 18 in. apart as groundcover.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 9

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