Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Terrestrial. Moist shady places.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACU: Facultative Upland
Occasionally is a hydrophyte but usually occurs in uplands (non-wetlands).
Perennial herb with sprawling habit and long trailing aerial stolons. Leaves up to 5 x 3 cm with wavy margins and winged petioles up to 2 cm long. Flowering stems to about 25 cm tall, usually with 6 small blue flowers. Fruit is not known from New Zealand.
Ajuga can be distinguished from other Lamiaceae (mint family) by the ring of hairs inside the corolla tube and the upper lip present.
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Temperate Eurasia, N. Africa
ajuga: From the Greek a- ‘without’ or ‘lacking’ and zugon ‘yoke’, in reference to the calyx lobes being equal, not bilabiate.
Reason For Introduction
Vegetative spread via stolons.
Not known from New Zealand.
Humans, soil movement, water.