Bugle is a small perennial. The flowers are a dark blue, and occasionally white or pink; they grow in a spike. The leaves are shiny, oval and a strong green; in some plants they are bronze coloured.
Rooting runners are sent out in all directions.
Bugle is found in damp shady meadows and the edge of woods and is common over Ireland in such places. It is cultivated in gardens in various forms. The related and rare Pyramidal or Limestone Bugle (Ajuga pyramidalis) has paler blue flowers, and is only found in rocky ground in west Clare and around Galway Bay.
Bugle has flowers from May to July.
The plant grows throughout Britain and much of Europe, south-west Asia, Algeria and Tunisia.
Other 'Early Summer' flowers include:
Bitter Vetch |
Bird's Foot Trefoil |
Bladder Campion |
Bloody Cranesbill |
Burnet Rose |
Common Butterwort |
Dog Rose |
Field Scabious |
Greater Butterwort |