Burgundy Glow Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

SKU
0059
Excellent spreading groundcover featuring colorful burgundy tinged pale green and cream variegated foliage. Spikes of rich deep blue violet iridescent flowers rise over summer. Forms a dense, carpet-like mat to fill in between larger perennials. Covers ground under aging shrubs with exposed legs. Neatens the front of the border. Unique foliage coloration makes a powerful addition to mixed containers. Herbaceous perennial. Thrives in either full sun or shade in hot climates. Moderate growing 2 to 5 in. tall, spreading indefinitely.
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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 mat 2 to 4 in. tall, spreading 12 in. wide or more.
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 AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureFlowering Groundcover

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.

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