Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

AJUGA 'Rainbow'

Image of Ajuga 'Rainbow'

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AJUGA 'Rainbow'

Plant Common Name

Bugleweed, Rainbow Bugleweed

General Description

Rainbow bugleweed (sometimes called 'Multicolor') is an evergreen, perennial groundcover that will brighten up any shady garden. Its colorful, evergreen foliage is bronze-green marked with cream and shades of pink and purple to provide year-round appeal. In mid spring to early summer they produce attractive spikes of blue flowers. Plants spread quickly by runners to form dense mats of foliage that prevent weeds from establishing. Rainbow bugleweed performs best in partial sun to shade and sites with moist, well-drained soil. Unfortunately, these members of the mint family are not tolerant of heavy foot traffic. In time, these variegated plants can begin to revert back to dark green. If this happens, all dark green plantlets should be removed. Use this fine bugleweed as a groundcover where sun-loving grass will not grow.

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

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

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

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue, Dark Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Pink, Bronze, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Pink, Bronze, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Pink, Bronze, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Pink, Bronze, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • 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

    Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No