Skip to main content
A picture of a Blue Bugle

Blue Bugle

Ajuga reptans

Also known as

Carpenter's Herb, Common Bugle, Creeping Bugleweed, Brown Bugle, Middle Compound, Yellow Bugle, Bugle, Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle, Brown bugle carpenter's herb, Middle consound

Photo by ladyKathryn (All rights reserved)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Blue Bugle

A photo of Blue Bugle
A photo of Blue Bugle
A photo of Blue Bugle
A photo of Blue Bugle

Blue Bugle Overview

Ajuga reptans is chosen for its leaf colour and foliage, as it makes a great background to other plants through late spring to summer. It suits a range of garden styles from informal cottage to wildflower meadow gardens. It can be used as a groundcover plant, and is grown in borders as well as pots and containers. Its flowers attract pollinating insects, with spikes of blue flowers in spring. The wild species is, however, invasive, but selected cultivars are popular plants in gardens. The 'Alba', for example, has white flowers.

Common problems with Blue Bugle

How to harvest Blue Bugle

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Blue Bugle



Separate rooted stems.

Special features of Blue Bugle

Ground cover

Attracts useful insects

Bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies, moths

Other uses of Blue Bugle

Ground cover, shade, rock garden, walls and rock cover.


Explore all


About usCareersPrivacy policy

Candide is your guide to visiting UK public gardens. Find the best gardens, buy tickets and enter with just your phone. Download the app for offline tickets, community access and more.

Terms & ConditionsCode of Conduct

© 2022 Candide

Made in Bristol