Bugle: Ajuga reptans
This herbaceous perennial, a member of the Labiatae family, grows in the wild in the cooler regions of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Ajuga reptans is a creeping, evergreen, rhizomatous perennial that spreads very quickly by means of runners. The attractive, basal leaf rosettes produce spikes of dark blue tubular flowers in spring and early summer. The colour of the leaves ranges from brownish-red to bright purple-red and even variegated. Common bugle is also used for medicinal purposes as a mild analgesic and astringent herb with laxative properties. A frost-hardy ground-cover, it thrives in moist, humus-richin partial shade or full shade. It should be protected from direct sun while a layer of mulch such as bark will help keep the soil moist. Ajuga reptans combines beautifully with Arabis, and .