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Ajuga pyramidalis ‘Metallica Crispa’

Pyramid bugleweed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusAjugaBugleweed, ground pine or carpet bugle
SpeciespyramidalisPyramid-shaped growth
Cultivar‘Metallica Crispa’Named for the metallic sheen of the leaves

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Pyramid bugleweed is a cultivated variety, but it naturalizes easily and escapes gardens, and can be invasive. The wild plant is native to northern Europe. It is used as a ground cover.

Identification: Plants are only 4-6″ (10-15 cm) high and ~1′ (30-40 cm) in diameter, with shiny, crinkly purple-green foliage. Flowers are blue-violet.

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Ajuga pyramidalis ‘Metallica Crispa’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Ajuga pyramidalis (pyramid bugleweed)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 12 × 8″ (31 × 20 cm)

Range: Zones 3a-9a:

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