Ajuga australis

Austral Bugle

An erect rosette or spreading perennial herb. Very variable throughout its range.

Additional information

  • FamilyLamiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-50 cm x 30-50 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves variable, softly hairy, broader at the end, entire, toothed or lobed, 3-12 cm x 8-35 mm, becoming smaller up the flowering stem.
  • Flower colourPurple to blue
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersErect spikes of lobed flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained moist soil in moist forests, tolerating very brief waterlogging. Full sun, dappled or semi shade.
  • Garden useSmall ornamental perennial for cottage gardens, rockeries, embankments. Can sucker.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Widely distributed in Victoria.
  • Aboriginal Use Medicine - decoction made from the leaves to treat sores.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2 Lorraine Phelan, NatureShare ©

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