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Ajuga reptans (Blue Bugle)

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Plant description

ajuga reptans blue bugle flower 1

ajuga reptans blue bugle flower 2

Ajuga reptans is a useful creeping groundcover perennial plant with dark green leaves and spikes of blue flowers in spring. The foliage is glossy and attractive, and it grows by sending out runners on the soil, which root along their length. This creates a dense mat. It is best in a partly shaded position, as the leaves can burn in the hot sun, and it likes a moist soil. Will do well in poor soil and damp conditions, making this good choice for difficult areas.

Propagation is by division of the clump.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Blue
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Diseases

Powdery mildew

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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