Carpet bugle

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Here in New England, spring comes in with a roar. Everything seems to bloom at once, in the space of a week or two: the daffodils, the tulips, the forsythia, the cherry trees, the magnolias.



Then there are the quieter flowers, buried in the grass. Crocus are done by now, of course. Dandelions are back, blooming as brightly as they do in July. I saw my first violet about two weeks ago. Catmint is blooming from cracks in the sidewalk only a few blocks away.



And just yesterday evening, I spotted one of my favorites: the carpet bugle.



Don’t you just love that name?



Carpet bugle is a half-weed half-garden plant. It’s springy and green, and bounces when you tread on it like – well, like a thick carpet. It raises little green flowering heads, studded with little purple flowers. It spreads like mad and creates its own landscaping, and its combination of dull green and soft purple is very nice.



Its Latin name, Ajuga, is uninformative, but its English name is perfect. It spreads like a carpet, and the flowers are little violet bugles.



It requires no care: it simply grows. Our courtyard is full of it, and violets.



And now we’re ready for summer.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

2 Responses to Carpet bugle

  1. starproms says:

    …and the bees do so love these ordinary plants. We have lots of dandelions at the moment too. I saw a beautiful roundabout nearby, carpeted in yellow with nothing but dandelions. I was in the coach, coming back from Bristol and I wished I could have taken a photograph.
    Your picture is lovely and the name of the flower is delightful.

    • I have gotten so much information from the “Weeds” book you gave me. I have been looking for some of the English weeds here; now that the growth season has begun again, maybe I’ll find them.

      Carpet bugle is really lovely, and it seems to like to be walked on (it just springs back), and our lawn is full of it. And I do like the name. A friend told it to me fifteen years ago, and I didn’t believe him – I thought he made it up.

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