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Ajuga reptans - Growing Guide

Growing Ajuga reptans


These are creeping evergreen plants which make excellent groundcover in more moist positions. They come from Iran and the Caucasus and are quite invasive. However the improved hybrid garden forms which we offer are less invasive and easily kept under control at the edge of a border, in a rockery or in gaps in a patio.

A. reptans varieties all produce dark blue flowers in spike-like whorls of about 6in in height in late spring or early summer. They have hairy stems, spoon shaped leaves and clumps will spread 2ft or more. These plants spread quickly by stolons or runners.

A. reptans ‘Black Scallop’ has attractive violet blue flowers set against dark black foliage. The leaves colour best in full sun.

A. reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ has silver-pink variegated leaves and sky-blue flowers.

A. reptans “Catlin’s Giant” has larger bronze-purple leaves than other varieties and flower spikes of about 8in in height.

A. reptans ‘Multicolor’ (syn. ‘Rainbow’) has dark bronze leaves with pink, red and purple colourations that change through the season.


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