Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)
[ah-JEW-gah REP-tanz]

Deciduous Perennial Low Spreading in the Lamiaceae Family

Ever heard the phrase “too much of a good thing?” 


Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed to us laypeople) is a beautiful, 3” tall groundcover that is hardy, evergreen, attracts pollinators, and puts out beautiful cones of flowers for a few months each spring.? Quiet and stealthy, it can spread into your lawn and other areas of the garden if not kept in check. 


Ajuga is an amazing addition to rock gardens, walkways, and wetter areas. It's tough and once established after a few years, it is an aggressive grower that can withstand almost anything you throw at it. That being said…even deer and rabbits don’t like this stuff. Ajuga forms a dense mat of roots that will smother other plants in its path, and can grow almost anywhere. If you’re looking for a super-tough, resilient, tiny and beautiful beast of a groundcover, Ajuga will not disappoint. If you’re looking for something that “plays nice…” might we recommend a well-behaved alternative?


  • Thrives in part shade to full sun
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Will grow in most soil and moisture conditions
  • Stays low, making it an excellent alternative to grass
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Will grow in gardens, yards, planters, probably a hot asphalt road…


  • Likes to grow and grow and grow, sometimes even where you don’t want it

Plant Data

Mature Size 4 - 8 inches tall. 12 - 18 inches wide.
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet: Moist
Zones 3a - 10b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Colorful Foliage, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Edging, Extended Bloom Time, Fall Color, For a Shady Spot, Full Shade, Full Sun, Good for Accents, Good for Borders, Good for Butterfly Garden, Groundcover, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Medium, Non-Allergenic, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Spillers, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Variegated Foliage, Well-Drained Soil, Wet, Wet Site Tolerant Blue or Purple Flowering Perennials, Deer Resistant Perennials, Small Perennials, Spring Blooming Perennials
Bloom Period May to June
Flower Color Blue



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