Bugle (Ajaga reptans)

 

Collins, 206; Readers Digest, 304

A striking blue spring flower with green or bronzed leaves, flowering from April to June.  It prefers damp woods and verges, also coppiced woodland.  The blue flower has two lips.  It is a creeping perennial spreading with a system of runners.  Makes a colourful display when it occurs adjacent to Yellow Archangel .  In the Middle Ages used by herbalists as a cure for wounds, ulcers and broken bones.  The name Bugle is probably a corruption of its earlier name ‘abuga’ and ‘bugula’.  Bugle is abundant in the chalk downland and woodland of the region.

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