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Catlin's Giant Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

Pronunciation: a-JU-gah REP-tanz
SKU #00193
3-9

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OVERVIEW
Description An excellent spreading groundcover that forms a dense, carpet-like mat of lush foliage - even in shady areas! Large green leaves have attractive purple-bronze hues and feature deep blue flower spikes from spring to summer. Great for use in containers, around shrubs or between stepping stones. An herbaceous perennial.
Light Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moderately moist.
Blooms Spring through Early Summer
Mature Size Grows 3 to 6 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide; flowers reach 8 to 10 in. tall.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Easy Care
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Ground Cover, Edging
Flower Color Blue
Foliage Color Bronze
Companion Plants Coral Bells (Heuchera); Creeping Phlox (Phlox); Hosta (Hosta); Pachysandra (Pachysandra); Periwinkle (Vinca)
CARE
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.
HISTORY
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: 3-9

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