Ajuga reptans

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  1. Appearance: Bugleweed typically grows to a height of 0.50 to 0.75 feet and spreads about 0.50 to 1.00 feet. It features shiny, dark green leaves and produces whorls of tiny, blue-violet flowers that appear in mid to late spring. The plant maintains a low profile, making it an excellent choice for ground cover.
  2. Cultivation: It grows well in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils and can thrive in both full sun and part shade. The best foliage color often appears in part-sun locations. Ajuga reptans prefers moist, humusy soils but can tolerate moderately dry ones. It's vital to provide good air circulation to prevent crown rot, especially in hot and humid climates.
  3. Maintenance: This plant has low maintenance requirements. You can divide the plants if they become overcrowded. After flowering, you may cut the plants back to the ground to rejuvenate the foliage. For large plantings, mowing on a high setting can be done to remove spent flower spikes and tidy up the appearance.
  4. Cultivars: There are numerous cultivars of Ajuga reptans, each offering different leaf colors and patterns. Some popular varieties include 'Artic Fox' with green leaves and dark purple flowers, 'Atropurpurea' with glossy bronze-purple leaves, and 'Black Scallop' featuring dark maroon leaves.
  5. Uses and Benefits: In addition to being a charming ground cover in gardens, Ajuga reptans has traditional medicinal uses. It has been used in Austrian medicine as a tea for respiratory tract disorders. The plant is also a nectar source for various butterflies like the pearl-bordered fritillary and small pearl-bordered fritillary.
  6. Wildlife Attraction: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, making it a beneficial plant for supporting local pollinators.
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