Bronze Beauty Ajuga
Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty'
|Description||An excellent spreading groundcover featuring deep blue flower spikes and attractive contrasting bronze-tinged, green foliage. Forms a dense, carpet-like mat, even in shady areas! Tuck into rock walls or gardens, between stepping stones, or between shrubs in borders. An herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moderately moist.|
|Blooms||Spring to Early Summer|
|Mature Size||Forms a dense mat 2 to 5 in. tall, spreading 12 in. wide or more.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Ground Cover, Edging|
|Design Ideas||Outstanding 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 Plants||Coral Bells (Heuchera); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Sweet Flag (Acorus); Hosta (Hosta); Astilbe (Astilbe)|
|Care||Thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Best foliage color in sunnier exposures. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in late summer. Space 1 ft. apart as groundcover.|
|Lore||This garden perennial falls into the mint family along with many other herbs. Ajuga is known as bugle weed and the more ground hugging species are referred to as 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; the A. reptans species name is a Latin reference to "creeping", due to its low, spreading growth habit. Ajuga was an ancient medicinal and used as a wound coagulant, which led to its lesser known common name, "carpenter's herb".|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-10
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