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Blueberry Muffin Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin' PP #22,092

Pronunciation: a-JU-gah REP-tanz
SKU #05441

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Description 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.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moderately moist.
Blooms Spring to Early Summer
Mature Size Forms a dense, mounded mat 6 in. tall, 18 in. wide; 10 in. tall in bloom.
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Spreading
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Landscape Use Border, Container, Ground Cover, Edging
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Blue
Foliage Color Bronze
Companion Plants Coral Bells (Heuchera); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Sweet Flag (Acorus); Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra)
Care 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.
Lore This 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".

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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