Ajuga reptans
'Catlin’s Giant'

Photo (Right) courtesy of Scott Smoot

Boasting ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE, 6-10” tall violet-blue flower spikes, this “Carpet Bugle” makes a highly ornamental, easy to care for groundcover! Tough and versatile, it even grows in problem areas like under oaks or conifers, low-water areas, and where deer or other garden nemeses roam. Forms a low-growing mat of pleated dark green foliage with showy dark hues, with blooms emerging in Spring. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Adaptable to many environments, from part sun to deep shade, sandy to clay soils, and moist or dry conditions. Though it somewhat disappears during the Winter, it fills out again in Spring. Spreads (via underground rhizomes) to gradually colonize any area and its dense habit is great for weed prevention.

Curious Plantsman

Low Water/Moist

Perennial Groundcover
USDA zones 3-10