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AJUGA reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

Image of Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AJUGA reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

Plant Common Name

Burgundy Glow Common Bugleweed, Common Bugleweed

General Description

Growing more slowly than other selections of common bugleweed, 'Burgundy Glow' also produces more colorful foliage. An evergreen, perennial groundcover with beautiful dark green leaves suffused with bronze and silver, this shade-loving plant is European in origin. Bugleweed spreads moderately by stolons to form a dense mat of showy vegetation. Diminutive spikes of deep blue flowers appear in late spring and early summer. In the chill of fall and winter, the leaves turn deeper bronze and the newer leaves turn pinkish.

The Burgundy Glow bugleweed tolerates poor soils but performs best in those that are fertile, evenly moist and well-drained. Good organic matter improves plant vigor. Divide plantings every two to three years to prevent overcrowding and possible disease problems. Common bugleweed is by far one of the best groundcovers for shade. Combine 'Burgundy Glow' with golden sedges for an eye-popping display or use as a massive groundcover among stones in a rockery or woodland.

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

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue, Dark Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Rose, Burgundy, Bronze

  • 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