Ajuga reptans 'Metallica Crispa'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Bugleweed
Common Name (Alternative): Carpet Bugleweed

An excellent variety with deep bronze-purple foliage. The metallic appearance develops best in full sun and is most pronounced on the mature leaves in late summer. From mid to late spring, short spikes of blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en masse.

A. reptans is a quickly spreading, evergreen groundcover that can grow in the shade of large trees where grass is hard to establish. It also fits nicely into rock gardens and mixed container plantings. Unlike many perennials that are grown only for their flowers, ajuga is prized for its attractive, colorful foliage that looks nice all year.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  6 Inches
  8-10 Inches
Flower Color:
  Blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Purple shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Border plants
Ground cover
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Ajuga grows best in partial to full shade but will also grow in full sun if constant moisture is provided. It will tolerate any soil, even poor ones, as long as it is well-drained. Good air circulation is essential to avoid crown rot. This species grows quickly and should therefore be planted in areas where a mass of groundcover is desired such as on a slope or under a tree. Do not use it as an edging for the lawn; it will easily spread into the grass. Propagate by division any time during the growing season.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.