This post continues a series about the color green. Ajuga reptans is an herbaceous perennial, also known as bugleweed. This dense, rapidly spreading and mat-forming ground cover is one of my favorites; I love the glossy, green-bronze-purple leaves. The foliage color is at its best in sun but bugleweed also grows extremely well in shade.
Whorls of tiny, dark bluish-purple flowers appear in mid to late spring on spikes rising above the foliage. When in full flower, large clumps of bugleweed can produce a striking display. For detail and depth of color click on the photos.