Common Name: bugleweed
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 0.25 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Purple-blue
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Black Walnut
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils with consistent moisture and good drainage, but tolerates moderately dry ones. Best leaf color may occur in part shade locations. Plants will grow in full shade, but usually with less vigor and less bloom. Provide good air circulation in hot and humid areas where crown rot is a problem. Divide when clumps become overcrowded. This is a fast-growing plant that will spread by stolons to form an attractive ground cover. Larger plantings may be mowed on a high mower setting to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance of the planting. String trimmers and hedge shears are also effective for removing spent flower spikes. Space plants 6-9” apart for quick cover.
‘Silver Beauty’ is a stoloniferous, mat-forming, bugleweed cultivar that forms a dense attractive ground cover to 4” tall. Plants are semi-evergreen in southern areas of its growing range and deciduous in far northern areas. Obovate, gray-green leaves with irregular creamy white margins appear in rosettes that spread outward over time to 24-36” wide. Tiny, two-lipped, purple-blue flowers (typical mint family) bloom in spring (late April-June) on flower spikes rising above the foliage carpet to 10” tall. Reptans means creeping (reptant).
No serious insect or disease problems. Crown rot can be a problem, particularly in the humid conditions of the deep South and in wet, heavy soils. Plants will spread somewhat aggressively (they can become persistent in lawns), and should be sited in areas where such outward spread is not a concern.
Attractive garden or landscape ground cover. Where semi-evergreen, foliage provides some winter interest. Beds, border fronts, rock gardens, foundations, edgings and containers.