Catlin's Giant Ajuga
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
|Botanical Pronunciation||a-JU-gah REP-tanz|
|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".|
|Average Size at Maturity||Grows 3 to 6 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide; flowers reach 8 to 10 in. tall.|
|Bloom Time||Spring through Early Summer|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Edging, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.|
|Companion Plants||Coral Bells (Heuchera); Creeping Phlox (Phlox); Hosta (Hosta); Pachysandra (Pachysandra); Periwinkle (Vinca)|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9