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Bugleweed - Live Plant
Bugleweed - Live Plant
Bugleweed - Live Plant
Bugleweed - Live Plant

Bugleweed - Live Plant

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Description

Bugleweed can be a captivating addition to any garden or indoor space with its vibrant foliage and graceful cascading habit. This resilient plant can effortlessly enhance the ambiance of its surroundings. Whether nestled in a garden bed, displayed on a balcony, or adorning a living room, the Bugle Weed thrives with minimal maintenance. 

It is available in a 3.5” pot, perfect for both novice and seasoned gardeners alike. Simply provide ample sunlight, moderate watering, and occasional fertilization to witness its lush growth and vibrant health.

 

About Bugleweed

Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)  is a herbaceous perennial plant valued for its ornamental beauty as well as its medicinal properties. Its glossy, lance-shaped leaves form dense mats of foliage, often showcasing hues of dark green, bronze, purple, or burgundy. During spring to early summer, BugleWeed adorns itself with spikes of small, tubular flowers in shades ranging from deep blue-purple to pink, white, or lavender, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. 

Beyond its beauty, Bugle Weed has been utilized in herbal medicine for its anti-inflammatory, astringent, expectorant, and diuretic properties. It has been traditionally employed to alleviate conditions such as arthritis, wounds, respiratory ailments, and to support kidney function. It is a cherished asset in both landscapes and herbal medicine practices.

 

How to use Bugleweed

  • Tincture: Bugleweed leaves and stems, once dried, are finely chopped and soaked in grain alcohol for a period of 4 to 6 weeks, creating a potent tincture.
  • Tea: For a fragrant and calming tea, dried bugleweed leaves and flowers are steeped in hot water for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Salve: To craft a soothing salve suitable for topical application, a blend of bugle weed-infused oil is combined with beeswax. The infused oil is obtained by macerating dried bugleweed leaves and flowers in carrier oil.
  • Vinegar infusion: Dried bugleweed leaves and stems are immersed in apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar for 2 to 4 weeks. Throughout the infusion process, the mixture is periodically shaken, and additional vinegar may be added, resulting in a nourishing bugleweed vinegar infusion.

Bugleweed - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bugleweed an annual or perennial plant?

Bugleweed is a perennial plant. It typically grows back each year from the same root system, persisting through multiple growing seasons.

 

How much space should be needed to grow Bugleweed?

If you're using bugleweed as a ground cover, space individual plants about 6 to 12 inches apart. This spacing allows them to fill in the area between plants relatively quickly, creating a dense carpet of foliage.  If you're growing bugleweed in a container, choose a pot that is at least 12 inches in diameter to accommodate its spreading growth habit. 

 

What zone does Bugleweed grow in?

Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is typically suited to USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9. 

 

When should I harvest Bugleweed?

If you're harvesting bugleweed for its medicinal properties, the optimal time to harvest is typically in the spring or early summer when the plant is in bloom. Gently snip them from the plant using clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.

 

Does Bugleweed flower or fruit?

Bugleweed primarily produces flowers rather than fruit. The flowers of bugleweed are small, tubular, and typically range in color from deep blue-purple to pink, white, or lavender. 

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