Ajuga chamaepitys

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Ajuga chamaepitys (L.) Schreb.

Lamiaceae

Life form: annual or biennial

Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moist

Soil: loam - Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: clay - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: labiate
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Lamianae
Ordo:
Lamiales
Subordo:
Lamiineae

Ajuga chamaepitys belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Ajuga chamaepitys was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1774.

Taxonomy

Ajuga chamaepitys is a species in the genus Ajuga which contains approximately 88 to 96 species and belongs to the family of the Lamiaceae (Mint Family). The type species of the genus is Ajuga reptans.

Characteristics

Growth

The plants are comparatively long-lived.

Leaves

Ajuga chamaepitys is deciduous. The simple leaves are opposite.

Flowers and Fruits

Ajuga chamaepitys produces spikes of light yellow labiate flowers from May to September.

The plants produce schizocarps.

Root System

Distribution

Ajuga chamaepitys is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of Sicily, Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean, northern Iraq, Iran, Central Asia and Northwest Africa and is naturalized in Virginia.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be loamy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, clay, sandy clay or loamy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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