Botanical Name: Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'
Common Name: Metallica Bugleweed  
Plant photo of: Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'
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Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Dark Green, Purple


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Walkways


Special Uses

Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Tina Binegar
  • Description

  • Notes

Metallica bugleweed is a compact ajuga that forms tight rosettes of deep purple crinkled spinach-like leaves. In late spring, plants are topped with 6 inch stalks of tiny purple blue flowers. Slower growing and less spreading than A. reptans. Foliage grows about 3 inches tall, flower spires grow to 6 inches; spread is about 12 inches.
Plant in part to full shade, though best leaf color occurs with some sun. Prefers rich, organic soils that are well-drained. Spreads slowly by stolons and can be quite aggressive in lawns. Plants may be mowed on high setting after blooming in order to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance, though it isn't necessary. Goes dormant in winter and emerges in early to mid spring, depending on the weather. In shadier areas, it may require less-frequent watering.