Carpet Bugleweed (Ajuga)

Example of approximately what these plants look like when shipped. See the eighth photograph of any plant to see a photo of what it looks like when shipped.
Ajuga reptans (AKA Carpet Bugleweed, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort, and Carpenter’s Herb) offers such striking, texturally rich foliage in a broad range of colors including an almost black that gardeners are constantly seeking this perennial groundcover.

An absolute visual treat, you'll be thrilled using Ajugas as a substitute for turf grass (especially under trees such as walnut where grasses refuse to grow and mowing over tree roots is dangerous). Vibrant and generous spring flower spikes in a range of lilac tones promise to attract butterflies.

Willing to tolerate infrequent foot traffic, you simply can't beat the beauty and hardiness of our Ajugas. We love using Ajuga as a complete groundcover in gardens because it replaces the need for mulches. It's pretty likely you'll want more than one type giving your garden vivid color variety.

See photographs comparing average sizes of some bare roots and potted plants
Bugleweed 'Bronze Beauty' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $5.97 each  |  250 - 999: $5.67 each
(Ajuga Gaiety, Gaiety Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort, Carpenter's Herb) Glossy variegated purple-bronze leaves up to 3" long, 3-5" tall, with 2" lilac flower spikes in early spring. Spreads rapidly, tolerates foot ...
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Bugleweed 'Catlin's Giant' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $5.97 each  |  250 - 999: $5.67 each
(Giant Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort, Carpenter's Herb) Variegated rosettes of rapidly spreading purple-bronze foliage (5-7" tall) with profuse deep blue-purple flowers on spikes up to 8-10" tall in early spring. Light ...
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Bugleweed 'Burgundy Glow' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $5.97 each  |  250 - 999: $5.67 each
(Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort, Carpenter's Herb, Burgundy Lace) A stunning trio of mint, ivory, and burgundy/salmon foliage with six-inch indigo blue flower spikes in mid-spring to early-summer. Spreads rapidly. 3-6" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 02/19/2024.Email when available
Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $5.97 each  |  250 - 999: $5.67 each
('Valfredda', Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort, Carpenter's Herb) Compact, variegated emerald foliage with rich chocolate and burgundy highlights on a rapidly spreading ground cover with deep blue 2" flower spikes. Light foot ...
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 12/18/2023.Email when available
Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $6.27 each  |  250 - 999: $5.97 each
(Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort, Carpenter's Herb) Scalloped, leathery burgundy foliage prized for almost black appearance. Deep lilac blooms appear on 8-10" spikes. 3-6" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 12/25/2023.Email when available
20% off Sunny Blue Deer Mix: 25 Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip', 25 Dwarf Plumbago, Hardy Blue Plumbago, 25 Blue Star Creeper
On sale: $370.20
Regularly: $462.75 On Sale!
Save 20% on this collection of striking and unusual blue eye-candy that deer generally avoid. Plant in full sun or part-sun in zones 5/6-9.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 12/18/2023.Email when available
20% off Shady Variegated Deer Mix #1: 25 Variegated Lilyturfy, 25 Sedge 'Ice Dance', 25 Bugleweed 'Burgundy Glow'
On sale: $466.20
Regularly: $582.75 On Sale!
Save 20% on this package of shade plants with extraordinarily attractive variegated foliage that deer tend to avoid. Plant in shade or part-shade in zones 5/6-9.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 02/19/2024.Email when available

General information about Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Ajuga reptans (commonly called Bugleweed) is noted for her striking range of foliage, colors, and textures. In mass plantings, the blanket of blue flowers is simply stunning. Because of her attractive tri-color foliage and spikes of blue flowers in spring, she is a frequent choice for planting under roses. A superb weed-suppressant, Ajuga creates a mat of semi-evergreen to evergreen, foliage that remains attractive all year round. She is also sought out because it is one of the few groundcovers that will grow under walnut trees. Growing Ajuga under trees offers gardeners who prefer not to mow under them because of the danger of large root systems a lovely solution to covering their ground. Because Ajuga will grow in shady areas, she is a terrific option for spots where grasses often fail to thrive. This makes her a perfect choice to replace turf grass, and even for growth on banks, slopes, and under shrubs. This is a plant most gardeners won’t do without.

Things to Note
The foliage color will be less vibrant in areas with no direct sunlight. For example, the Black Scallop and Bronze Beauty will be greener and the Burgundy Glow will have less burgundy.

Be aware that variegated cultivars such as Black Scallop are hybridized or sports and occasionally she will revert. Watch out for any emerging green shoots. Immediately weed any such shoots out since they are much more vigorous than the variegated plant and will take over the clump.

Speaking of foliage, keep in mind that the more direct sun Ajuga receives the more depth of color her foliage maintains. Plants such as Black Scallop or Bronze Beauty will become more green and Burgundy Glow will be less burgundy with less sunlight.

Interesting Fact
The leaves and young shoots of Ajuga cultivars are edible (but a bit bitter) and add contrasting color to salads.

If desired, in order to rejuvenate the foliage, cut it back to the ground after flowering. Mow large areas of bugleweed with a lawn mower; however, in small patches, trim plants back with pruning shears or a weed trimmer.
Does well in full shade, but its best foliage color is in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day). Tolerates full sun in southern zones with ample moisture. Prefers loamy, well-drained soil but tolerates moderately dry ones. Avoid situations where it is wet for extended periods.

Do not plant Ajuga too deep, the very top of the root is best left above soil level. Do not overwater, let the top 2" of soil dry out before watering. Do not let it stay bone dry for extended periods, but Ajuga likes air to reach their roots and too much water hampers that.
In areas where spreading is not desired, trim back the runners before they take root or prune ruthlessly once a year.
Requires good drainage.
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If you are more than a one-day ship away, we do not recommend shipping this plant during the heat of summer (July-August). Although our shipments are expedited (at most three days in transit), this plant tends to suffer more than average plants when shipped during hot weather (sometimes melting into mush).

You may order them, but understand that we will not replace or refund should any perish. (more)

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