Wild growing ground cover thing/bright blue flower stalks

Discussion in 'Plant ID' started by Green_Numb, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Green_Numb

    Green_Numb In Flower

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    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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  2. daisybeans

    daisybeans Hardy Maple

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    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?

    http://www.gardenstew.com/plantstew/32454
     
  3. bulborum

    bulborum New Seed

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

    Roland
     
  4. carolyn

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    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.
     
  5. Netty

    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    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 :)
     
  6. Green_Numb

    Green_Numb In Flower

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    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 :)