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Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Brown and Dark Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

bugle 'Catlin's Giant'

Family

Lamiaceae


Ajuga are mostly spreading, rhizomatous perennials with attractive evergreen foliage, rarely annuals, with whorled two-lipped flowers forming short spikes

'Catlin's Giant' is a semi-evergreen perennial forming a mat of large, glossy purple-brown leaves and erect spikes up to 30cm in height, with blue flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Ajuga reptans 'Macrophylla'
  • Ajuga 'Catlins Giant'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Will tolerate any soil so long as there is some moisture, best in partial shade to prevent foliage scorching, but can also tolerate shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division, separating rooted stems

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Ground Cover, Flower borders and beds, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May suffer from powdery mildews