Eastern or Oriental bugle, Ajuga orientalis, is a widespread plant occuring from Greece east to the Caucasus and south through the middle east. It occurs on open, sandy, gritty soils, generally over limestone, from sea-level to over 2000m. Plants vary in height from 15-45 cm tall. The rosetted leaves are generally evergreen and hairy. The flowers are produced in a dense, very hairy spike with deep purple-blue flowers emerging from the copious hairs.
Full sun in a well-drained, gritty mix. Lime is preferred. Great candidate for troughs, crevice or tufa garden. Hardy to at least zone 4.
May to June in the wild but as early as April in cultivation.
After flowering, larger plants may be carefully divided into single rosettes.
Sow seeds at 20 C; there is no need for stratification.