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Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Maxine Adcock, copyright GAP Photos (140226)

Plant details

Ajuga is a common plant related to the wild bugle, but selected for leaf colour and - in the case of this variety - its larger than average leaves and flower spikes. The foliage is robust, evergreen and bronzy-purple in colour, and makes a good background to the upright spikes of blue flowers, produced throughout late spring to mid summer. Bugle is very versatile, equally at home as ground cover under trees or shrubs as in a sunny flower border, and even in containers. It is especially useful as background foliage in winter containers of ivies, santolina and pansies. 'Catlin's Giant' has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Ajuga

Species: reptans

Cultivar: Catlins Giant

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: May to July

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