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Low growing, 4-6 inch tall ground cover spreads rapidly, forms attractive mats of dark green leaves. Six inch spikes of blue flowers cover plants in spring and early summer, are spectacular sight in mass plantings. Use as bank cover, under trees, next to foundations, or in containers. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Sow Carpet Bugle seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 50-60°F., germination usually occurs within 4-5 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Return to 50-60°F. until germination occurs. Transplant 1 foot apart.
Comments: Full sun (mild climates), part sun or light shade elsewhere. Carpet Bugle plants are one of the very few perennials that tolerate dry shade. Ajuga prefers moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Fast spreading by underground stolons, Covers large areas quickly. Do not plant near lawns, a condition known as "buglelawn" could occur. Mow or trim Carpet Bugle once per year to remove old flower spikes. Excellent planted in containers with annual flowers. Carpet Bugle flowers attract bees and butterflies. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.