Ajuga reptans

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 Ajuga reptans subsp. var.  Carpet Bugle, Blue bugle, Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Common bugle
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
4in8in 12in48in
Height: 4 in to 8 in
Width: 12 in to 48 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early spring, mid spring, late spring, early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Features: flowers, ground cover, fire resistant
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USDA Zones: 5 to 10
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: blue, purple
Lamiaceae > Ajuga reptans var. ,

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Ajuga reptans, Linn. St. prostrate: Ivs. ovate or obovate, entire or sinuate, shiny. — A low, dense, fast-spreading creeper, excellent for covering shady slopes. The typical and white-fld. forms are less cult. than the following: Var. rubra, Hort. More valued for its dark purple Ivs. than its blue fls. Var. variegata, Hort. Fig. Lvs. splashed and edged creamy yellow. Var. atropurpurea, Hort. Fls. purplish blue. May. — Useful for carpeting the ground in shady places.

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Ajuga reptans is a herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe. This plant is often used as medicinal and ornamental plant.

It has dark green leaves with purple highlights. It is a spreading ground cover that grows in a dense mat. The leaves grow 2-3 inches high but in the spring it sends up 4-6 inch tall flower stalks with many purple flowers on them.

Ajuga reptans

In folklore

Ajuga reptans is also known as "carpenter's herb" due to its supposed ability to stem bleeding.[1]


  1. Howard, Michael. Traditional Folk Remedies (Century, 1987), p108

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