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AJUGA pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'

Image of Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AJUGA pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'

Plant Common Name

European Bugleweed, Metallica Crispa Bugleweed, Upright Bugleweed

General Description

Metallica crispa bugleweed is a semi-evergreen groundcover that originates from Europe. Shade-loving and tough, plants form clumps of green-purple foliage that have an almost metallic sheen and spread by underground stems. The leaves are also crinkled and curled adding interest to this popular perennial. in late spring to early summer pyramidal spikes of indigo blue flowers appear. Use as a groundcover in areas where grass won't survive and foot traffic is light. Provide this bugleweed with moist, well drained soil for best performance. For brightest foliage color provide indirect sun, but avoid full sun as it may scorch plants, especially in warmer climates.

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

    2"-10" / 5.1cm - 25.4cm (6)

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Northern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Dark Blue, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Dark 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No