Ajuga

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penstemon
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Ajuga

Ajuga chamaepitys subsp. glareosa. I thought this might be A. bombycina, but I guess that's much woolier.

It doesn't know when to stop blooming. 

 

Bob

Lori S.
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What a superb plant!  

The only mildly interesting Ajuga I have is Ajuga lupulina... not near so desirable as the one you show, and quite a bit larger, I think.  It blooms here in mid-June through July - quite a long bloom but clearly not so long-blooming as A. chamaepitys.

  

 

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

penstemon
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That's a pretty nice one, though.

Ajuga chamaepitys has a subspecies, chia, which I hear is kind of a weed. This is a biennial or short-lived perennial; seeds here and there. Came from Rocky Mtn. Rare Plants a long time ago.

 

Bob

 

p.s. I noticed from looking at my blog that this has been in bloom the first week of December, never mind frost. 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

RickR
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That certainly would be one of those stumpers, Bob.  I never would have guessed ajuga!  A wonderful plant.

Do you mean the subspecies chia is a biennial "weed", or the whole species?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

penstemon
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I've heard that subsp. chia seeds all over the place; I've never grown it. 

Here's another picture of subsp. glareosa, closer up, taken on the first of December, when it was still in flower (flowers not visible).

 

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

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