Long trailing stems run across the ground and root along the way. In late spring the green carpet gives way to hundreds of blue flowers opening to reveal spotted throats. Beautiful from a distance and under close scrutiny. Attracts butterflies, moths and native bees. Loves moist areas as well as deep shade while providing a quick spreading, low maintenance groundcover.
Superb groundcover for sun or shade
Nectar source for bees, moths and butterflies
Easy care with few pest problems
Thrives in moist, shady areas
Profuse lavender-blue flowers are very showy
Native substitute for Ajuga or Lamium
Illinois east to Pennsylvania and south to North Carolina and Tennessee
Butterflies bask using their wings as solar collectors. After a cool night, their wing muscles must warm up before they can fly. Set out a rock or two where morning light will warm them so butterflies can take advantage of the early morning sun.
Grows well in part or full shade in moist to average soil. Tolerates a dry shady site, but will not spread as freely.