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AJUGA genevensis

Image of Ajuga genevensis

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AJUGA genevensis

Plant Common Name

Blue Bugleweed

General Description

Blue bugleweed, is an evergreen, perennial groundcover that is easy-to-grow and shade loving. Plants form clumped rosettes of medium green foliage that spread via thickened underground stems called rhizomes. Dense spikes of beautiful indigo-blue, pink or white flowers appear in spring and early summer. These natives of southern Europe and southwest Asia prefer partial shade and average, well drained soils. Taller and less rampant than its cousin common bugleweed, blue bugleweed makes a wonderful addition to the edge of a shaded garden. These mix well with delicate, spring blooming poeticus daffodils.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    8"-16" / 20.3cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Southern Asia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Indigo, Dark Blue, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No