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Bugleweed Plant

Bugleweed Plant

Bugleweed Plant

Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is a fast-growing herbaceous perennial ground cover (the species name reptans means "creeping") that does a good job of choking out weeds. It produces shiny, dark green leaves and beautiful flower spikes producing blue, violet, or purple flowers in mid- to late-spring that can reach 8 to 10 inches tall, although the flower spikes on some cultivars are shorter. Several cultivars offer variegated foliage colors and patterns. Plant it in the late spring or early summer and it will grow and spread fast; Bugleweed is considered invasive.

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www.verywellhealth.com)Other common traditional uses of bugleweed include the promotion of wound healing, treating fevers and mouth ulcers, stopping bleeding, and treating symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as anxiety and rapid pulse. Regulating hormonal conditions—such as moderation of estrogen and lowering of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels—was commonly accomplished by administering bugleweed. (Source:

Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus) is a bitter, pungent tasting, aromatic herb, with astringent properties, commonly used to treat thyroid problems (such as Grave’s disease). It originated in Europe but is native to North America, found in areas east of the Mississippi River. The plant is a perennial flowering species, that belongs to the mint genus—the family of Lamiaceae—but lacks the minty smell of other mint varieties. Its deep purplish-blue colored flowers bloom from May to September (depending on geographic location) and the seeds ripen from July to September. (Source: www.verywellhealth.com)

Carpet Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans): This is a very popular ground cover. It spreads quickly by runners, making a mat of dark green leaves that grow 2 to 3 inches wide in full sun and 3 to 4 inches wide in part shade. Selections with bronze- or metallic-tinted leaves keep color best in full sun. The flowers, usually blue, are borne on 4 to 5 inch high spikes. The plant flowers in early May to mid-June. If established plants are set apart in the spring, they will cover the soil in one growing season. Do not set the plants too deep. The crown should never be covered. In the spring or early fall, rooted “runner plants” can be dug from established plantings and replanted elsewhere. (Source: hgic.clemson.edu Geneva carpet Bugleweed (Ajuga genevensis): This is a perennial rock garden plant, 5 to 14 inches high. It does not spread by runners, and has grayish, hairy stems and coarse-toothed leaves to 3 inches long. The 2-inch tall flower spikes are usually blue, but rose and white forms are also sold. This upright species is becoming more popular because it spreads less vigorously than A. reptans. It tolerates more sun than other Ajuga species. (Source:hgic.clemson.edu))

 

 

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