Common names: Ajuga, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle
Botanical name: Ajuga Reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’, ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver Beauty’
General information: Ajuga provides a mat of dark-colored foliage that spreads by runners. Attractive between stepping-stones and for low borders. The plant has medium heat tolerance and medium water requirements. Spreads quickly.
Perennial groundcover with shiny, dark green or purple-bronze leaves that turn metallic in cold weather; basal rosette form, can be variegated; flowers on 6” spikes
Size: 4 – 6 inches tall by 10 – 12 inches wide
Flowers: Blue, purple, white
Bloom time: Spring, trim flowers after bloom
Leaves: Evergreen, low-growing rosetting plant with spoon-shaped leaves
Pests and Disease Problems: Requires good drainage. Ajuga is subject to soil-borne diseases, particularly where air circulation and soil drainage are less than ideal. The plant may also be affected by root-knot nematodes.
Growing in North Texas
Ajuga prefers shade with light morning sun. This plant provides one of the best groundcovers for heavy shade. Start from small transplants set out on 8 to 10 inch centers.
‘Burgundy Glow’ – reddish foliage is marbled green and white; slower spreading
‘Bronze’ – fastest spreading ajuga; foliage is reddish bronze, greening somewhat with hot weather
‘Silver Beauty’ – low growing, to 3 – 4 inches tall; leaves are green, marbled white
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Earth-Kind Landscaping, Ajuga
“Easy Gardens for North Central Texas”; Steve Huddleston and Pamela Crawford; Color Garden Publishing; 2009; page 174
“Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, Second Edition”; Neil Sperry; Taylor Publishing Company; 1991; pages 171 – 172
Keywords (tags): Shade, perennial, groundcover