Ajuga reptans

Family:LAMIACEAE
Species:Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
Common Name:Carpet Bugle; Bugleweed; Blue Bugle
Habitat:Disturbed sites, roadsides and lawns.
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Herb
Duration:Perennial
Category:Vascular
USDA Symbol:AJRE
Plant Notes:Bugleweed is an introduced herbaceous evergreen perennial in the Mint family (Lamiaceae). It is native to Europe. In Alabama it is commonly cultivated and can be found as an escape statewide. It occurs in urban woodlands, along streams, on roadsides, near old home sites, in lawns, and in low pastures. It is a perennial with a fibrous root system. Plants form rosettes interconnected by stolons forming a solid groundcover. Stolons and stems are square and pubescent in lines. Leaves are petiolate, opposite, elliptic to oblanceolate in outline, slightly pubescent, with crenate margins. The leaves may be green or burgundy in color. Flowers are produced in a leafy-bracteate thyrse. The calyx is campanulate and 5-lobed. The corolla is 2-lipped with the upper lip 2-lobed and the lower lip 3-lobed. There are 4 stamens-2 long and 2 short. The flowers are blue or white in color. The fruit is a mericarp. Bugleweed has been used in herbal medicine to stop bleeding and as a tea for disorders of the respiratory tract. Bugleweed is available from many nurseries and is used primarily as a ground cover or planted among rocks. It prefers partial shade and an organic rich moist soil. Numerous cultivars are available with variously colored foliage. Ajuga spreads aggressively via stolons and has the potential to be invasive especially in moist, wooded areas. --A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:**
Status:Not Native
References:**
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

** Not applicable or data not available.

Classification

FamilyLAMIACEAE - Mint family
Genus Ajuga
Species Ajuga reptans Linnaeus - Carpet Bugle; Bugleweed; Blue Bugle

Citation

Citation AJUGA REPTANS Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 561. 1753.
Basionym: **
Type: Without data (lectotype: LINN 721.10). Lectotypified by Hedge, in C. E. Jarvis et al., Regnum Veg. 127: 16. 1993.

** Not applicable or data not available.

Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Ajuga alpina Ajuga alpina Fries, Novit. Fl. Suec. Mant. 3: 54. 1843, non Linnaeus 1767, nec Villars 1787. SWEDEN
Ajuga barrelieri Ajuga barrelieri Tenore, Fl. Napol. 5: pl. 420(2). 1835-1836. ITALY
Ajuga densiflora Ajuga densiflora Tenore, Fl. Napol. 5: pl. 239(2). 1835-1836. ITALY
Ajuga genevensis Ajuga Gènevensis Withering, Arr. Brit. Pl., ed. 3. 3: 516. 1796, non Linnaeus 1753.  
Bugula decumbens Bugula decumbens Miller, Gard. Dict., ed. 8. 1768.  
Bugula reptans Bugula reptans (Linnaeus) Crantz, Inst. Rei Herb. 1: 518. 1766.Ajuga reptans Linnaeus 1753. 

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Conecuh, Dallas, Etowah, Lawrence, Lee, Madison, Marengo, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: AUA, JSU, TROY, UNA, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1994 - 1994

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
Image
JSU124939 Cleburne 13 Apr 1996 C. P. Rogers
024
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
TROY000020756 Morgan 26 Apr 1989 Tammy Walden
s.n.
TROY
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124945 Shelby 4 Apr 1993 R. D. Whetstone
16350
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124937 Cherokee 18 Apr 1998 D. D. Spaulding
10501
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124941 Etowah 9 Apr 1994 L. M. Hodge
1126
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
34704 Lee 12 APR 1978 GRANT, MARY P.
53
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
JSU124936 Calhoun 11 Apr 1971 Carol Hill
s.n.
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
TROY000037956 Conecuh 04 May 2013 Alvin R. Diamond
23985
TROY
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124943 Madison 6 May 1973 R. E. Gurley Jr.
s.n.
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124942 Lee 2 Apr 1964 Gene A. Bozarth
s.n.
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
TROY000035758 Marengo 17 Apr 2009 J. Kevin England
1816
TROY
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
UWAL0033774 St. Clair 05 Apr 2015 Keener, Brian R.
8728
UWAL
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
52354 Pike 16 MAR 1994 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
9024
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
UNA00025436 Tuscaloosa 27 Mar 1994 Maria Kortright
80
UNA
Ajuga reptans L.
UWAL0009593 Marengo 17 Apr 2009 England, J. Kevin
1816
UWAL
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124940 Dallas 14 Apr 1968 J. O'Neal
s.n.
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
21403 Montgomery 4 APR 1970 MURCHISON, GROVER R.
9
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
10701 Lee 13 MAR 1963 HAYES, A. W.
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
60845 Lee 2 APR 1964 BOZARTH, GENE A.
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
UWAL0006562 Madison 16 Apr 2004 Neal, Tamara
0077
UWAL
Ajuga reptans L.
47375 Tallapoosa 8 APR 1973 MASON, JANET
80
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
UWAL0013720 Conecuh 04 May 2013 Diamond, Alvin R.
23985
UWAL
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
14130 Talladega 20 APR 1969 ATKINSON, JR., A. W.
156
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
JSU124944 St. Clair 6 Apr 1976 W. E. Kirkpatrick
s.n.
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124934 Calhoun 26 Apr 1986 C. L. Lawler
170
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
21402 Lee 29 MAR 1970 KNOTTS, CARL R.
11
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
23787 Lee 22 APR 1971 DONOVAN, LOIS A.
171
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
60827 Lee 13 MAY 1969 CHITWOOD, JOHN C.
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
UWAL0014346 Lawrence 12 Apr 2009 England, J. Kevin
1927
UWAL
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
67595 Tallapoosa 25 MAR 2006 MARABLE, M. K.
10
AUA
AJUGA REPTANS L.
JSU124935 Calhoun 17 Apr 1970 Jessica Tudor
s.n.
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
JSU124938 Cleburne 9 Apr 1995 S. E. Hruska
613
JSU
Ajuga reptans Linnaeus
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