Ajuga Reptans is a fast-spreading plant, sometimes called “Bugle”, and has much to recommend it. Ajuga Reptans can take more foot traffic than most ground covers and is hardy to Zone 4. Once it is established, the rosettes of foliage form mats on the ground that keep weeds to a minimum. Ajuga is handsome the leaves are a rich dark green that turns to bronze in fall, and they last long past frost.
You know, in Zones 8 to 10 the plant is evergreen. Some varieties such as “Bronze Beauty” are bronze all season. Others are variegated, such as “Burgundy Glow” which is marked with white, purple, and pink. In late spring the plants send up attractive spikes of flowers about eight inches tall. Normally they’re an intense blue, but you can also find white, purple, and red varieties.
For some reason, Ajuga Reptans tend to appear, and then disappear, in lawns according to a secret program all its own. A related species A. Pyramidalis is beautiful but doesn’t have the spreading habits. So the question is how to grow Ajuga Reptans. It is recommended to grow plants in sun or shade in any good decent garden soil, but make sure it is well-drained. The plants are normally spread by surface runners and can be easily divided in spring for propagation.
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