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April Plant of the Month
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
by Adrienne Roethling,
Director of Curation and Mission Delivery
I have a love hate relationship with Ajuga reptans or bugleweed. Some may share the same feeling, and while the species does make a nice groundcover, it can easily get out of control. Ajuga reptans is a herbaceous perennial that stays marginally evergreen in central NC. This mint relative grows natively throughout Europe and has become a perfect groundcover in North American Gardens
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ has purple leaves with a hint of creamy white and sea green throughout. New growth appears in mid-spring quickly giving rise to 6” stalks of purple stems and soft purple-blue flowers. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to the flowers. All summer long, your left with a carpet of purple, shiny leaves. Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ prefers growing in partial shade with rich soils.
Join or renew your garden membership during the month of April and your name will be included in a drawing for a complimentary Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’.