Ajuga chamaepitys (L.) Schreb.
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Ajuga chamaepitys belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.
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.
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.
The plants are comparatively long-lived.
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.
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.
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 -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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