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botanical name:
Ajuga reptans
Ajuga reptans © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bugle, Carpenter's herb
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen, semi-evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.15m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
main season: Spring
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -28°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Low growing creeping plant, spreading by stolons, with rosettes of rounded, spoon-shaped dark green leaves. Square sectioned, slightly hairy stems. Spikes of small blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

Moist soil in partial shade. Will tolerate poor soils and full shade but not very dry conditions. Can be invasive, but only if conditions are very favourable.

Traditionally used medicinally to help stop bleeding and for coughs and ulcers, but rarely used now.

other notes:
Wildflower of Europe and Western Asia. The parent of several selected forms.

pronounced: a-JOO-ga REP-tanz

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