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Ajuga genevensis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ajuga (a-JOO-guh) (Info)
Species: genevensis (gen-EE-ven-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Ajuga alpina
Synonym:Ajuga rugosa

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

21 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative ChrisZ5 On Feb 9, 2011, ChrisZ5 from Tracy, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

For me, this plant grows too well. I wanted a groundcover for front of flower garden. This was a bad idea. This plant spread to every plant within 5 feet the first year, and into the grass as well. I pulled and dug out from other plants for another year and gave up. Dug up all ajuga and sprayed what was in the yard. Birds evidently love it, because I have found new plants in yard 100 feet away from original site. This would be a great plant for steep slope by road, for erosion control.

Positive justdigin On Jul 10, 2010, justdigin from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this plant and use it in several places around the yard. A well behaved groundcover, ajuga spreads slowly but fills in empty spaces very completely. Not hard to pull out if it starts getting out of bounds. Beautiful flowers, and no pests bother it that I've seen. Likes to be moist and does better for me (zone 9) with partial shade, but survives in full sun with adequate water.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Carpet Bugle. Plant 10" apart. zone 3-9 Mat-like lush green groundcover for the sun or shade. Blue spring flowers. Extremely hardy ground cover. Flowers appearing in May and June. Can be walked on, mowed over, and generally abused. In fall, blowing autumn leaves are easily raked off its dense foliage. Deer Resistant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Merced, California
Richmond, California
Niceville, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Winterville, Georgia
Tracy, Iowa
Cumberland, Maryland
Royal Oak, Michigan
Saratoga Springs, New York
Columbia, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Allen, Texas
Falls Church, Virginia

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