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Ajuga reptans

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Bugleweed (a-JOO-ga: rep-TANZ} or (ah-JEW-gah: REP-tanz)

This ground cover has green leaves and blue flowers on 6 inch spikes. This species likes moist but well draining soils, they do well also in normal to dry soils too but do not flower or spread as robustly. Plants spread to form thick clumps that are showy in bloom. Flowering occurs in mid spring and when done flowering the plants form a nice green carpet the rest of the year. Good foliage growth in mid to late summer. The seeds smell like green Tea. Native from much of Europe and found in Asia and Northern Africa. The species name means 'Creeping' Useful as a non grass lawn, low growing, spreading and good drought tolerance.

Zones 3-8

Lightly cover seeds and use a germination temperature of F 50, Normally takes 21-30 days. Grow seedlings out cool for the first 1-2 months. Or try: 70F,if no germination in 4 weeks, move to the fridge for 4 to 6 weeks. Another good subject to sow in late winter and keep outside for germination in mid spring when the soil temperature is still cool.

50 seeds