Ajuga australis – Australian Bugle


Australian Bugle is a dense growing ground cover with upright spikes of mauve flowers in summer. It has deep green foliage with a dark tinge. It is a great mat forming plant for those difficult shady sites or under trees and shrubs. Suits most soil types, coastal and inland areas. Once established it will tolerate dry periods and frost. Mulch to deter weeds and to conserve soil moisture.

Scientific Name:Ajuga australis
Common Name:Australian Bugle
Plant Type:Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants