Bugle - Ajuga reptans


A hairy plant up to about 20 cm tall, with long rooting runners. Stems hairy on two opposing sides often rather woolly. Leaves oval slightly toothed and often flushed with bronze. Flowers violet blue 14 to 17 mm in leafy spikes, dense at first.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, occasionally in grasslands

When to see it

April to June.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 246 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map