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Growing Ajuga Reptan: A Guide to Planting, Care, and Control

by Donna
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Growing Ajuga Reptan

What is Ajuga Reptan?

Ajuga reptans, also known as bugle or bugleweed, is a beautiful ground cover plant with dark blue flowers that bloom in spring. It also has attractive evergreen foliage in green, red, bronze, or burgundy. Ajuga is a versatile plant that can be used in containers or as a ground cover in shady areas.

How to Grow Ajuga Reptan

  • Plant in spring or autumn in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade.
  • Divide clumps in early spring or autumn if the plant becomes overgrown.
  • Water regularly until established.
  • Keep plants healthy with regular watering and good drainage to prevent powdery mildew.

Controlling the Spread of Ajuga Reptan

Ajuga reptans can spread rapidly by producing runners. To control its spread:

  • Plant it in a location where it is restricted by a path or edging.
  • Cut back any runners that are trailing out of the desired area.

Varieties of Ajuga Reptan

There are many varieties of Ajuga reptans to choose from, including:

  • ‘Alba’: white flowers, green leaves
  • ‘Burgundy Glow’: red and white leaves, deep blue flowers
  • ‘Black Scallop’: dark purple leaves, dark blue flowers
  • ‘Braunherz’: bronze-purple leaves, dark blue flowers

Where to Buy Ajuga Reptan

Ajuga plants are available in garden centers, nurseries, and online retailers.

Tips for Growing Ajuga Reptan

  • Choose a variety that is suitable for your space and color scheme.
  • Plant in a location where it will receive partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
  • Water regularly until established, and divide clumps every few years to keep plants healthy and prevent overcrowding.
  • Control the spread of Ajuga by planting it in a contained area or by cutting back runners.

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