Landscape Significance

This plant needs little care once it is established, so is beneficial under trees or on a bank where a lawn is difficult to establish.

The flower is also attractive to the hummingbird and butterflies for its nectar.

Bugleflower (Ajuga reptans)
This photo was taken on James Island, SC.

This attractive dark-green plant is recommended as a groundcover not rampant in growth. Attractive spikes of blue flowers appear in early spring, although some cultivars are available with pink or white flowers.  It may be mown after flowering to remove flower stems.

This perennial spreads by stolons similar to strawberries and grows best in shade. It will tolerate some sun if adequate moisture is provided. It may possibly become invasive in turfgrass. It is susceptible to the root-knot nematode, mainly in the Midlands and Low Country.

Identifying characteristics

The growth is a rosette-type and most varieties grow to only 6 inches tall. The leaf is 2 to 4 inches wide with the larger width grown in shade.  Named varieties describe the folliage such as "Bronze Beauty", "Burgandy Glow", and "Multicolor".

More information is available at the Clemson Home Garden Informaton Center: Clemson HGIC - ajuga