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Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'

(Bugleweed, 'Mettalica Crispa')

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An excellent variety with deep bronze-purple foliage. The metallic appearance develops best in full sun and is most pronounced on the mature leaves in late summer. From mid to late spring, short spikes of blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en masse.

A. reptans is a quickly spreading, evergreen groundcover that can grow in the shade of large trees where grass is hard to establish. It also fits nicely into rock gardens and mixed container plantings. Unlike many perennials that are grown only for their flowers, ajuga is prized for its attractive, colorful foliage that looks nice all year.


Metallica Crispa Bugleweed's attractive crinkled oval leaves remain burgundy in color throughout the year. It features subtle spikes of blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late spring. Metallica Crispa Bugleweed will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This perennial 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 zones. This plant can be propagated by division.

Additional Information

Common Name Bugleweed, 'Mettalica Crispa'
Botanical Name Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'
Container/Amount 1 Quart
Plant Category Groundcover
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a
Height 4 to 6"
Width 6 to 8"
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun, Part-shade, Shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period March - April
Flower Color blue
Fragrance No
Foliage Color Burgundy green
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant Yes

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