Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Pronounced: a-JOO-ga REP-tanz
Europe, Caucasus, Iran.
Sunset zones: All (Western).
USDA zones: 3-9.
Heat zones: 9-1.
Height: 6 inches (15 cm).
Width: 24-36 inches (60-90 cm) or more.
Late spring, early summer.
Dark blue flowers on spikes.
Dark bronze leaves with pink, green and cream markings.
Spreading evergreen ground cover. In spring sends out runners that root in the soil.
Partial shade to shade.
Moist soil; will tolerate poor soils.
Apply compost or manures thinly over the soil after pruning the plants.
Sow seed at 68°F (20°C). | Division of rooted stems.
When necessary cut foliage back to the ground after flowering to rejuvenate the foliage. Mow large areas of bugleweed with a lawn mower; however, in small patches of Ajuga, trim plants back with pruning shears or weed trimmer. Where not wanted, trim back the runners before they take root. Approximately every third year, thin out plants to reduce the chance of crown rot.
Rainy Side Notes
In my experience, this variety takes full sun without scorching the leaves here in the maritime Pacific Northwest; however, it needs extra moisture during our summer drought when planted in full sun. In my garden, it spreads slower than other A. reptans.
Although I think a lawn with this beautiful bronze leaf would be quite striking, ajugas easily invade the grass. All right, you lawn lovers, quit hissing at me! If you don’t want a serious case of “buglelawn,” as Alan Armitage calls it, keep the plants well away from the grass edges. As with any bugleweed, do not plant near small plants that can’t hold their own.
Photographed in author's garden.