Bugle Weed Plant
- - Ajuga - Ajuga reptans Hardy Planting Zones- 4-10 Sun or Shade – Shade, Sun Mature Height - Under 6" Mature Width- 6-18" Bloom Season – Spring, Summer Gardener Status- Beginner (Low Maintenance)
Bugleweed Plant - Lycopsus virginicus
Bugle Weed Plant
Bugle weed plant (Ajuga reptans), also known as carpet bugle weed, is a perennial ground cover prized for its thick, semi-evergreen foliage. It produces clusters of purplish-blue flowers from mid-spring until late summer, depending upon location. It grows to a height of only one to three feet and forms dense clumps that reach up to three feet in diameter. It continues to add color to the landscape even in fall, when its leaves turn a lovely shade of burnished copper. Bugle weed thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 9. It grows best in full to partial shade, though it will also tolerate a partly sunny location. It prefers slightly moist soil, but can also survive brief periods of drought. Bugle weed isn't fussy at all and needs little care once its roots are established. This plant stands up well to light foot traffic, making it an excellent choice for large areas of the yard that could use a splash of color. Its dense growth habit makes it an effective weed deterrent. The sturdy root system of the bugle weed plant also makes it ideal for parts of the landscape that are prone to erosion. It is not bothered by most garden insects and is resistant to disease. This ground cover can be propagated from seeds gathered in fall, from root clippings or by division. As a member of the mint family, it has been used in homeopathic remedies for many years. The young shoots and leaves are edible and make a tasty addition to salads. Bugleweed is a plant commonly used for ground cover. It is an evergreen plant that has colorful leaves. It stays relatively close to the ground and will spread out to cover an area in a planter or yard. The runners can be transplanted to other areas in the late fall or early spring. This is done by finding a mature bunch of bugleweed and digging it up. The plant is desirable as a ground cover because of its multi-colored leaves and beautiful blossoms in the springtime.