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AJUGA reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

Image of Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

AJUGA reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

Plant Common Name

Catlin's Giant Common Bugleweed, Common Bugleweed

General Description

Catlin's giant common bugleweed is an evergreen, perennial groundcover with large leaves of glossy green with hints of bronze and purple. This shade-loving plant is European in origin and spreads rapidly by stolons to form a dense carpet of showy vegetation. Relatively tall spikes of pretty blue flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Plants will tolerate poor soils but perform best in those that are evenly moist and well drained. 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.

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"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    12"-36" / 30.5cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Iran

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

    Blue, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Purple, Bronze

  • 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

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    No