Ajuga, Bugle, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle 'Bronze Beauty'

Ajuga reptans

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ajuga (a-JOO-guh) (Info)
Species: reptans (REP-tanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Bronze Beauty
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Alpines and Rock Gardens



Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:



under 6 in. (15 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Conway, Arkansas

Paradise, California

Oldsmar, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Arlington, Massachusetts

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Eastpointe, Michigan

Hibbing, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mccomb, Mississippi

Maryland Heights, Missouri

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Morganville, New Jersey

Cicero, New York

Clinton Corners, New York

Ithaca, New York

Lancaster, New York

Fargo, North Dakota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Watsontown, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Thompsons Station, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Palestine, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Radford, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Cathan, Washington

John Sam Lake, Washington

Kalama, Washington

North Marysville, Washington

Priest Point, Washington

Shaker Church, Washington

Stimson Crossing, Washington

Weallup Lake, Washington

Falling Waters, West Virginia

Portage, Wisconsin

Watertown, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 3, 2018, Susan_Hartwig from Lancaster, NY wrote:

I planted this in the parkway/hellstrip between the street and the sidewalk because I dislike mowing the narrow strip. It has formed a nice weed free, low growing clump that slightly hangs over the curb a bit. I honestly wish it would spread a little faster in that area, although it does spread fairly quickly. I planted it there, knowing it would be contained by the concrete. I would not plant this in my beds, because it will find it's way into your lawn and anywhere else it has access to, as we found out the hard way at our cottage. Although, we don't mind it out there, and it does make a beautiful blue carpet in spring. Great dense groundcover for contained garden spaces.


On Jul 3, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Not one of my favorite Ajugas, but it does form a nice living mulch when in an area that it is happy with. Otherwise it does not do so well. Blooms in May in my garden.


On Jun 17, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Ajuga makes a very nice groundcover. It quickly forms a dense mat and the rizomes can be easily guided to travel in the direction you want. If it spreads to where you don't want it, the roots are fairly shallow so it's easy to pop up from the ground. I have it planted as a "green mulch" beneath and between my hostas, and the bronze color contrasts nicely with the blue and chartreaus colors especially. It's evergreen, so the area continues to look nice when the hostas are hiding for winter, but it still allows them to pop back up in the spring. The pretty blue flower spikes are an added bonus!


On Jun 10, 2011, RustyThumb from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

My plant is one year old now. Last year it looked stressed and I didn't like the location of it so I was going to move it. However, this spring it's formed a tight circle about 12 inches across and the plant that was towering over it and crowding it out didn't survive the winter so this little one gets to stay put. It's right on the front border of my garden, slightly hanging over onto the walkway. I think it's so attractive that I bought a four pack and I'm going to put it in a couple of other locations. I will keep an eye on it now that I've read some people have found it aggressive. Thus far, this single plant seems quite tame and I see no babies.


On Aug 18, 2010, cmgah from Arlington, MA wrote:

EXTREMELY aggressive, to the point of chocking out other plants near it. I would NEVER use it again, I have spent countless hours digging up bushels of rhizome runners...they look like snakes! And it keeps coming back...it seems to be strangling my roses and now is invading the lawn. I tried no water (a suggestion I found online) in that bed for a few weeks, it didn't help...just stressed my other plants. All this from a tiny $3 plant; it has become the bane of my garden...don't fall for it, leave it at the nursery.


On Apr 12, 2010, KayGrow from Montgomery, AL wrote:

This year a friend of mine discovered 3 of her plants have white blooms. This is the most common burgundy variety, not variegated leaves, and it has been established for many years. Has anyone else seen this? What causes the new bloom color?


On Aug 31, 2009, green76thumb from Radford, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've fallen in love with this little plant that I at first hated. It didn't work well in my terrarium (poor lighting). If memory serves me right, I tried to kill it and then took pity on it and relocated it.
I must have planted it in the right spot, because it formed a nice, tight 'living mulch' in the shady bed where it now grows. How wonderful to have a bed that I don't need to keep replenishing with messy woodchip mulch!
I think the color (burgundy & green) and the crinkly texture of the leaves are just beautiful! I'm not too fond of the flower color with the foliage color (to me they don't match), but the foliage alone is great!
Very easy to transplant too!


On Aug 17, 2008, pinkshoe from Hibbing, MN (Zone 3a) wrote:

Got this beautiful ground cover at a local nursery a week or so ago... Planted it in a nice shady area and looks like the babies are already starting to root, however something is eating it? Was my understanding that nothing would eat it but something is eating mine... Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.
Well I have discovered what was eating it, its SLUGS and they do love it... put in a beer trap and have over 100 of the little varments.


On May 28, 2008, KaylyRed from Watertown, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a pretty, carefree ground cover that enjoys a prominent spot in my garden. It forms a nice dense mat of foliage that most weeds will not penetrate. Excessive spreading or invasiveness has not been a problem for me; ajuga has not tried to "jump" the rock edging on my garden.

My only complaint about ajuga is that it looks mushy, dead and unattractive until later in the spring. Has been slow to wake up for me.


On Sep 4, 2007, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Although this plant can be quite attractive, it is not advisable to place it in a "dedicated" flower bed -- it can become very invasive and quickly crowd out other species. In addition, it is also susceptible to Southern Blight, a soil -borne fungus which is fairly common in the soils of the lower south. Docturf


On Sep 3, 2007, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

New to gardening last spring (2006) I planted Ajuga in a 100 ft. long area between the street and my sidewalk along the side of my house. I have had quite a different experience with it than listed above.

First of all, I do allow the soil to dry out on occassion and it has flourished. My Ajuga is still flowering into September as I trim back the spent stalks about once every couple of weeks.

I recently began removing some of the mulch I laid around the plants initially to allow the plant access to the soil for rooting purposes. The mulch I used was pretty 'chunky' and in some cases the run off plants were unable to reach the soil and root. The parent plant apparently shuts them down once they are formed. I was constantly removing dead run offs.
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On Oct 17, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Loves dense clay soil! The longer I have it, the more I love it. It's so easy and low-maintenance. It fills in its area with crinkly bronzey foliage so well. Slugs and other pests leave it alone so it's always attractive.


On Oct 18, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have this cultivar mixed with the burgundy cultivar in my back garden. I've found it to be a (welcomed) aggressive little addition as it helps keep weeds down. The blue flowers in mid May are a welcome addition to the spring flowers and the whole plant dies back down to the leaves once the other flowers take over.

I find it holds up well to foot traffic when I have to go through the garden to weed. It transplants well and is a very useful plant. I have this in an area that is moist to dry, depending on the year - it lives on equally well in either situation.


On Aug 4, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This little groundcover will quickly spread into the lawn, so a wide edging is recommended. The hummingbirds love the pretty blue flowers, but out of bloom it's not very outstanding. Not tolerant of drought or foot traffice, but does form a dense, weed-proof mat.