Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Ajuga reptans
Ajuga reptans

Click to Enlarge

Zones A2, A3, 1-24, 29-45
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water

Ajuga reptans

Carpet Bugle
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Ground covers, Perennials


Of the European natives commonly grown in North America, most are ground covers that bloom from spring to early summer.

Ajuga reptans
Ajuga reptans

Click to Enlarge

Ajuga reptans

Popular and useful groundcover, though it will escape into lawns unless contained. Spreads quickly by ­runners, making a mat of leaves in the basic species. Each oval to tongue-shaped leaf is 2–3 in. wide in full sun, to 4 in. wide in part shade; entire foliage mass tops out at around 4 in. high. Blue flowers in 6-in. spikes appear in spring and early summer.

Plant 1 ft. apart in spring or early fall. Subject to root rots and fungal diseases where drainage or air circulation is poor. Mow or trim off old flower spikes.

Many varieties of this species are available, some sold under several names. choices. Varieties with bronzy or metallic-looking leaves keep color best in sun.

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop', photo courtesy of PlantHaven, Inc.
Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop', photo courtesy of PlantHaven, Inc.

Click to Enlarge

'Black Scallop'

Blackish purple foliage with scalloped edges.

Bronze Beauty

Large, bronzy leaves and deep blue flower spikes.

Burgundy Glow

Reddish purple foliage variegated with white and pink.

Catlin’s Giant

Large, bronzy green leaves and flower spikes to 8 in. tall.

You Might Also Like...

Tropaeolum majus

Two main kinds: climbing types, which trail over ground or climb to 6 ft. by coiling leafstalks; and c...

Narcissus Triandrus hybrid 'Thalia'

These multiple flowers are white and fragrant; easily a favorite of many seasoned gardeners. Mid to la...

Mentha x piperita

This hybrid grows 3 ft. tall. Strongly scented, tooth-edged leaves to 3 in. long, dark green often tin...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More