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Green_Numb


Posts: 330
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:06 am   Post subject: Wild growing ground cover thing/bright blue flower stalks


Hi, i dont have the best picture for this one but this plant has kinda spread and took hold in my front yard in front of some flowering shamrock/clover plant.

I actually thought it was some ground cover weed thing but then these really nice blue flowers appeared from it and i really liked it.

It was spreading out over the yard a bit so i cut it back with the lawnmower and allowed the rest to flower in its location. There is a bush behind it and it looked really nice there at the base. The pics i took of it are it on its way out, it has finished flowering and the blue flowers are disappearing by the day.

Any ideas on what this could be?




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daisybeans

annapolis md
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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:10 am   


It looks like it might be Ajuga, GN. Sort of flat dark green leaves growing low to the ground under the flower stalks? May have some bronze purple-ish tones on the leaves too. What do you think?

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bulborum

Normandy , France
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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:49 am   


I think you are right DB
it is Ajuga
there are nice selections
some wit dark red or variegated leaves

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carolyn

northern ohio
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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:45 pm   


Yep, Ajuga. VERY invasive, great if you want it , not so great if you don't want it. I think either the wind or the birds spread it very well for me. After the flowers go to seed, it make a nice matted ground cover, you can walk on, mow it(it stays short if you do),nor do pests bother it, they produce runners(like strawberries) that are very easy to move.

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:02 pm   


Yup, Ajuga. I am fond of Ajuga even though it is invasive. It's a good, tough, drought tolerant ground cover and the blue blooms are an added bonus Smile

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Green_Numb


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Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:21 pm   


wow you guys are good! Looked up additional pics for Ajuga and yup thats it alright!

I think next year i wont mow it as close to the bush and will have a larger mass of flowers.

So many helpful people on here educating the needy...

thank you Smile

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