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Ajuga reptans

Ajuga reptans

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  • expected in August

A. reptans is one of the most popular ground covers for semi-shade locations. There are dozens of different cultivars, but we stick with the straight species. The shiny, dark green leaves rapidly create a dense mat. Tiny blue-violet flowers appear in May.

Easy to grow, maybe too easy. This plant is related to mint and exhibits the same aggressive tendencies. It will quickly take over other parts of the landscape, including lawn grass, if not properly managed.

Deer, rabbit, and black walnut tolerant.

Fun fact: Nutlets are dispersed by ants, resulting in plants popping up in sometimes strange locations.

Zones: 3 to 9

Family: Lamiaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 6 to 9 in.

Spread: 6 to 12 in.

Exposure: full sun to part-shade to shade

Soil Conditions: moist, average

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: Blue

Native Range: Europe, Iran, Caucasus

expected early September

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