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Bugleweed
Bugleweed
Bugleweed
Bugleweed
Bugleweed (Ajuga)
Also known as : Bugle
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8 most common species:
Ajuga reptans
Common bugle
Common bugle is a mat-forming, dense plant that features blue flowers and shiny, dark green leaves. Although it works extremely well for a ground cover that will choke out weeds and provide a colorful display, common bugle does not tolerate much foot traffic. Take care to plant it in a location that is away from paths.
Ajuga genevensis
Blue bugle
Blue bugle (Ajuga genevensis) is an evergreen flowering herb native to Europe. Blue bugles spread quickly and stay fairly low to the ground. Their petite, purple-blue flowers and beautiful leaves have helped make them a common groundcover plant in gardens around the world. Unfortunately, the species' popularity, combined with its quick growth and hardiness, have made it invasive in some places.
Ajuga decumbens
Japanese bugle flower
Japanese bugle flower has many different uses in the traditional medicine of Japan, Korea, and China. Modern medical science is investigating if the plant contains compounds beneficial for joint pain and injury. In Japan, is has even been called "Ishakoroshi" ("Doctor Destroyer").
Ajuga pyramidalis
Pyramidal bugle
Pyramidal bugle is a wildflower appreciated for its purple-tinged leaves and pale blue flowers. You can typically find it growing in grassland atop rocks. This herbaceous perennial is unique because it has hair on four sides of the stem instead of just two. The flowes are hermaphrodite, with nectar that attracts butterflies and bumblebees.
Ajuga ciliata
Ajuga ciliata
Ajuga ciliata. It has low toxicity and attracts pollinators with its bright blue flowers.
Ajuga chamaepitys
Yellow bugle
Yellow bugle not only somewhat resembles tiny pine trees when not in bloom but smells like pine when crushed. Its yellow flowers are unusually shaped, with an oversized lower lip featuring red spots at its base.
Ajuga nipponensis
Bugleweed
Bugleweed is a fast-spreading, low-growing plant with shiny, dark green leaves and spikes of deep blue-purple flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. It is often used as ground cover and attracts bees and butterflies to the garden.
Ajuga ovalifolia
Northern chinese bugle
Northern chinese bugle is a hardy perennial with a spreading habit, making it a robust ground cover. Its oval to oblong leaves are rich green, sometimes with a hint of purple, especially when exposed to full sun. Spikes of vibrant blue to violet flowers rise above the foliage in spring, attracting pollinators. This low-growing herb thrives in a variety of conditions, often found in woodlands and grasslands where it can spread to form extensive mats.

All Species of Bugleweed

Common bugle
Ajuga reptans
Common bugle
Common bugle is a mat-forming, dense plant that features blue flowers and shiny, dark green leaves. Although it works extremely well for a ground cover that will choke out weeds and provide a colorful display, common bugle does not tolerate much foot traffic. Take care to plant it in a location that is away from paths.
Blue bugle
Ajuga genevensis
Blue bugle
Blue bugle (Ajuga genevensis) is an evergreen flowering herb native to Europe. Blue bugles spread quickly and stay fairly low to the ground. Their petite, purple-blue flowers and beautiful leaves have helped make them a common groundcover plant in gardens around the world. Unfortunately, the species' popularity, combined with its quick growth and hardiness, have made it invasive in some places.
Japanese bugle flower
Ajuga decumbens
Japanese bugle flower
Japanese bugle flower has many different uses in the traditional medicine of Japan, Korea, and China. Modern medical science is investigating if the plant contains compounds beneficial for joint pain and injury. In Japan, is has even been called "Ishakoroshi" ("Doctor Destroyer").
Pyramidal bugle
Ajuga pyramidalis
Pyramidal bugle
Pyramidal bugle is a wildflower appreciated for its purple-tinged leaves and pale blue flowers. You can typically find it growing in grassland atop rocks. This herbaceous perennial is unique because it has hair on four sides of the stem instead of just two. The flowes are hermaphrodite, with nectar that attracts butterflies and bumblebees.
Ajuga ciliata
Ajuga ciliata
Ajuga ciliata
Ajuga ciliata. It has low toxicity and attracts pollinators with its bright blue flowers.
Yellow bugle
Ajuga chamaepitys
Yellow bugle
Yellow bugle not only somewhat resembles tiny pine trees when not in bloom but smells like pine when crushed. Its yellow flowers are unusually shaped, with an oversized lower lip featuring red spots at its base.
Bugleweed
Ajuga nipponensis
Bugleweed
Bugleweed is a fast-spreading, low-growing plant with shiny, dark green leaves and spikes of deep blue-purple flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. It is often used as ground cover and attracts bees and butterflies to the garden.
Northern chinese bugle
Ajuga ovalifolia
Northern chinese bugle
Northern chinese bugle is a hardy perennial with a spreading habit, making it a robust ground cover. Its oval to oblong leaves are rich green, sometimes with a hint of purple, especially when exposed to full sun. Spikes of vibrant blue to violet flowers rise above the foliage in spring, attracting pollinators. This low-growing herb thrives in a variety of conditions, often found in woodlands and grasslands where it can spread to form extensive mats.
Bugleweed 'Blueberry Muffin'
Ajuga reptans 'Blueberry Muffin'
Bugleweed 'Blueberry Muffin'
Bugleweed 'Blueberry Muffin' is a vigorously growing perennial ground cover plant that offers a thick mat of green-brown foliage with tall spikes of deep purple flowers that appear in spring. It is a cultivar of the Bugleweed plant, named for the color of its blooms. It's a fabulous choice to plant in shady spots in your garden where lawn grass won’t grow.
Bugleweed 'Atropurpurea'
Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea'
Bugleweed 'Atropurpurea'
While its parent plant Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) has deep green foliage, the bugleweed 'Atropurpurea' cultivar was selected to have darker, purple-bronze leaves. The cultivar was named after this feature—"atro" means "dark" and "purpurea" refers to the color purple.
Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip'
Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'
Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip'
Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip' is a dwarf-sized cultivar of the Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans). Unlike its parent plant's foliage that can grow up to 8 cm, this cultivar develops leaves no taller than 5 cm. Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip' is named after the bronze-brown, chocolate-like color of the foliage.
Ajuga pygmaea
Ajuga pygmaea
Ajuga pygmaea
Ajuga pygmaea is a small perennial ground cover known for its dense mat-like growth and glossy, oval leaves. Delicate spikes of blue flowers bloom above the foliage in spring, attracting pollinators. Thriving in partial shade and well-drained soils, its successful spread is facilitated by a preference for cool, understory environments. This adaptability allows it to form lush carpets that suppress weeds, contributing to its charm in garden settings.
Bugleweed 'Braunherz'
Ajuga reptans 'Braunherz'
Bugleweed 'Braunherz'
Bugleweed 'Braunherz' is a Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) cultivar selected for its dark, reddish-bronze foliage (unlike the parent plant's plain, dark green leaves). "Braunherz" is usually translated as "bronze heart" and it refers to the prominent color of the foliage.
Korean pyramid bugle
Ajuga multiflora
Korean pyramid bugle
Korean pyramid bugle is a perennial herb with a penchant for moist, shaded environments. This robust grower features square stems and elongated, toothed leaves. Come spring, it sports striking blue to purple flower spikes that are a magnet for pollinators. The foliage occasionally dons a purplish tint, enhancing its ornamental value and aiding in its identification.
Bugleweed 'Black Scallop'
Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'
Bugleweed 'Black Scallop'
Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' features glossy, deep purple-black leaves and blue-purple flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' is a popular ground cover plant and attracts bees and butterflies to the garden.
Bugleweed 'Burgundy Glow'
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Bugleweed 'Burgundy Glow'
Bugleweed 'Burgundy Glow' is a Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) cultivar, selected for its tricolor foliage—the leaves feature dark green and burgundy leaves with contrasting creamy-white margins. The cultivar name 'Burgundy glow' refers to the most dominant and distinctive shade in this plant's characteristic leaves.
Bugleweed 'Catlin's Giant'
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
Bugleweed 'Catlin's Giant'
Bugleweed 'Catlin's Giant' is a large-leaf cultivar of the Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), hence the name "giant." Unlike its parent plant, this cultivar has purple-brown leaves and it's selected to be notably hardier. Bugleweed 'Catlin's Giant' has gained the prestigious award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Bugle plant
Ajuga ophrydis
Bugle plant
Bugle plant is distinguished by its lush, ground-covering foliage and spikes of vibrant blue to violet flowers that emerge in the spring. This hardy perennial thrives in shaded woodlands, forming dense mats that suppress weeds and attract pollinators. Its robust nature allows bugle plant to adapt to a variety of soils, though it prefers moist, well-drained conditions.
Ajuga laxmannii
Ajuga laxmannii
Ajuga laxmannii
Ajuga laxmannii is a low-growing perennial herb with a creeping habit, forming dense mats on forest floors or grasslands. Its oval leaves often display a glossy surface and may show purple undertones. In spring to early summer, erect spikes of blue to violet flowers rise, attracting bees. This ground cover's resilience is enhanced in partial shade and well-drained soils, allowing it to thrive and spread effectively in its natural habitat.
Ajuga taiwanensis
Ajuga taiwanensis
Ajuga taiwanensis
Ajuga taiwanensis boasts a low-growing habit with vibrant green, rosette-forming leaves. In spring, it unfurls blue to violet inflorescences, attracting pollinators to its shaded, moist woodland habitats. Its spreading nature allows ajuga taiwanensis to form dense mats that can outcompete weeds, showcasing both beauty and resilience in garden ground cover.
Austral bugle
Ajuga australis
Austral bugle
Austral bugle is a perennial herb characterized by its lush, green foliage and vibrant, blue-violet flowers that appear in striking spikes. Its rosette leaves are oval with blunt serrations. Thriving in moist, shaded environments, austral bugle spreads through stolons, forming dense ground covers that are resilient to various conditions. These features make austral bugle not only a distinctive part of the flora where it grows but also a favored choice for gardeners seeking low maintenance, yet ornamental ground cover.
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8 most common species:
Ajuga reptans
Common bugle
Common bugle is a mat-forming, dense plant that features blue flowers and shiny, dark green leaves. Although it works extremely well for a ground cover that will choke out weeds and provide a colorful display, common bugle does not tolerate much foot traffic. Take care to plant it in a location that is away from paths.
Ajuga genevensis
Blue bugle
Blue bugle (Ajuga genevensis) is an evergreen flowering herb native to Europe. Blue bugles spread quickly and stay fairly low to the ground. Their petite, purple-blue flowers and beautiful leaves have helped make them a common groundcover plant in gardens around the world. Unfortunately, the species' popularity, combined with its quick growth and hardiness, have made it invasive in some places.
Ajuga decumbens
Japanese bugle flower
Japanese bugle flower has many different uses in the traditional medicine of Japan, Korea, and China. Modern medical science is investigating if the plant contains compounds beneficial for joint pain and injury. In Japan, is has even been called "Ishakoroshi" ("Doctor Destroyer").
Ajuga pyramidalis
Pyramidal bugle
Pyramidal bugle is a wildflower appreciated for its purple-tinged leaves and pale blue flowers. You can typically find it growing in grassland atop rocks. This herbaceous perennial is unique because it has hair on four sides of the stem instead of just two. The flowes are hermaphrodite, with nectar that attracts butterflies and bumblebees.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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