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Blue Bugleweed*

Ajuga genevensis

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Blue Bugleweed (Ajuga genevensis) at The Barn Nursery and Landscape Center

Blue Bugleweed flowers

Blue Bugleweed flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  5 inches

Flower Height:  10 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Geneva Bugleweed

Description:

A striking new true blue Ajuga that has thick dark green glossy foliage and amazing blue flowers; it will light up the floor of a garden like nothing else; vigorous and very cold hardy; excellent for containers, groundcover, and borders

Ornamental Features

Blue Bugleweed features dainty spikes of blue flowers with sky blue overtones rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer. Its glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Bugleweed is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Blue Bugleweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Blue Bugleweed will grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity extending to 10 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features