Ajuga reptans L.

Plant spreading by stolons to form a prostrate leafy carpet. Leaves oblong to spoon-shaped, to about 10 cm long, 5 cm wide, hairless, sometimes with a few teeth, long-stalked. Flower clusters in leafy spikes to 10 cm or more long with whorls of up to 6 deep blue flowers, the bracts tinged blue; spring to early summer. [A. repens N. Tayl.]

W Asia, Europe

This is the most commonly cultivated species.

A number of new cultivars of A. reptans have been introduced in recent years, many from the USA, which vary in leaf size, colour and variegation,margin crinkling and flower colour.


Others species occasionally offered include:

A. australis R. Br., Austral Bugle, a variable species from SA, Qld, Vic and Tas;

A. genevensis L., Blue Bugle, from S Europe with bright blue flowers spring to summer;

A. pyramidalis L. Pyramid Bugle, from Europe, flowering late spring to early summer and generally available as the cultivar A 'Metallica Crispa' which has leaves iridescent, purplish with brown shading, and with crinkled edges.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Lamiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Ajuga reptans 'Alba'

Leaves dark green. Flowers whitish.

Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea'

Leaves dark purple, tinted bronze. ['Purpurea']

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

Leaves silvery green variegated with burgundy.

Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

Leaves large, bronze.

Ajuga reptans 'Jungle Beauty'

Stems tall. Leaves large, dark green. Flowers indigo.

Ajuga reptans 'Multicolor'

Leaves dark bronze with red, pink and gold splashes.

Ajuga reptans 'Pink Elf'

A smaller version of A. 'Rosea'.

Ajuga reptans 'Rosea'

Flowers pink.

Ajuga reptans 'Silver Carpet'

Mat-forming, with silvery leaves.

Ajuga reptans 'Variegata'

Habit dense and compact. Leaves grey-green, edged cream.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Ajuga L.