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Bugleweed | Plant Profile

Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is a mat-like ground cover with many notable varieties. The leaves can range from green to dark purple.

Bugleweed is easy to grow and often used to fill in shady spots. It will strangle weeds and give bare areas of a lawn carpeted look with vibrate flowers. The fast growth of this plant means that it can easily get out of control if not contained with borders or rocks. It can be planted on steep and shady hillsides to help prevent erosion.

These plants need little care once established and should survive on just rainfall unless in severe drought. Bugleweed is self propagating and will continue to grow rapidly. De-heading the flowers can help keep them under control.



Bugleweed Characteristics

Bugleweed is an extremely fast growing ground cover that 'creeps' along the ground. It is an evergreen that is tolerant of dry soils, shade and deer . It is often used on hillsides, shaded areas, and under trees where grasses and other plants will not grow. It is the perfect option for areas of a landscape that tend to be bare.

There are multiple variants of Bugleweed that can look quite different. Bugleweed has vertical shoots that produce flowers up to 10" off of the ground. The 'Pink Beauty' has light green leaves with blush-pink blooms. Both the 'Burgundy Glow' and 'Mahogany' have silvery-purple leaves. The 'Catlin's Giant' (pictured) has dark green leaves with blue flowers.


USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 10
.50 - .75'
.50 - 1.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?