Ajuga reptans Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans 'Mahogany'


♦ Zones:  4 - 9     Height:  3 - 9"     Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade ♦

‘Mahogany’ is a bugleweed that forms a dense ground cover in part-shade areas of the landscape.  Tiny, shiny, short-stemmed, narrow, near black-burgundy leaves emerge in spring. As the cultivar name suggests, those leaves gradually turn into a deep mahogany. Two-lipped, bright blue flowers bloom in spring. An established ground cover planting will discourage weeds and will tolerate light foot traffic.  Prefers moist, humusy soils with good drainage, but tolerates moderately dry ones. Will grow in full shade, but best foliage color usually occurs in part-sun locations. This low-growing bugleweed will spread in the garden by stolons (reptans means creeping) to form an attractive, mat-like ground cover. Plants may be cut back to the ground after flowering, if necessary, to rejuvenate the foliage. Large plantings may be mowed on a high mower setting to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance of the planting. Space plants 6-9” apart for prompt cover.  Excellent ground cover for part-shade areas of the landscape. Good for small spaces. Beds, border fronts, foundations and containers. Rock gardens. Path edgings. Site plants in areas where its spreading habit will not cause problems with other nearby plants.

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