Invasive and not recommended by the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas. Species evaluated with the Predictive Tool in 2017, and predicted to be invasive. In particular cases, the species may be considered for use under specific management practices that have been approved by the IFAS Invasive Plant Working Group.
Ajuga, sometimes called bugleweed, is a shade-loving ground cover from the mint family. It spreads rapidly, forming a dense mat of leaves that range from dark green to deep, bronze-like purples. In the spring, different varieties produce attractive blue, pink, or even white flowers. It does not tolerate heavy foot traffic, making it ideal for shady, moist areas under trees where turf will not grow. Be careful to contain it with solid edging materials, however, as it can quickly invade lawn areas.