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Pink Lightning Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning'

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Pink Lightning Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning' flowers

Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning' flowers

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Pink Lightning Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning'

Ajuga reptans 'Pink Lightning'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spread:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Carpet Bugle

Description:

A beautiful low-growing ground cover that forms a dense mat of white edged, gray green foliage that really catches the eye; attractive spikes of mauvy-pink flowers add interest in spring, makes a good filler for moist shady areas of the garden

Ornamental Features

Pink Lightning Bugleweed's attractive crinkled round leaves emerge lime green in spring, turning grayish green in color with distinctive white edges the rest of the year. It features subtle spikes of pink flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Lightning Bugleweed is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Pink Lightning Bugleweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Pink Lightning Bugleweed will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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