Bugle: the carpenters herb | Nature Notes from Dorset

Bugle (Ajuga reptans) is a common flower of damp woodlands and meadows in spring and is common across Dorset in such habitat. It flowers for a short time in May and possibly in to early June.
One needs to be a bit careful as it looks, at first glance, a bit like Ground-ivy and it is, indeed, closely related; they are both labiates (the mint family) . A more detailed look will quickly tell you it is not Ground-ivy, the plant being usually taller, the flowers larger and a darker blue and the stem being darkish in colour, almost a dark red and the leaves often have a purple tinge to them. Ground-ivy has a much longer flowering season and grows in drier habitat.

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