Ajuga reptans, also known as Ajuga, carpet bugleweed, common bugleweed, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, common bugle, is a spring-flowering, herbaceous semi-evergreen to evergreen, compact groundcover, with a rapid growth rate. The leaves are light green, dark green, bronzed, purple or variegated, depending on cultivar. Fall color is unchanged for green or variegated types, but bronzes heavily for other types. The variegated cultivars are especially attractive groundcovers in all seasons, with the springtime flowers only adding to the beauty. They create a 5-10 cm tall groundcover effect in summer, autumn, and winter, but rises to 25 cm tall when in flower in mid-spring.
Small flowers on dense upright inflorescences create a colorful carpeted effect during the blossoming period and attract many bees. The flowers can be blue, purple, pink or white, depending on cultivar. The lower petal is like a forked tongue emerging from the remainder of the corolla, while the green calyx is hirsute.Read More »