Ajuga variety or not?

queen_gardener(5 OH)August 28, 2014

The purple plant, I wondered if it was an Ajuga of some type, but I have an Ajuga patch so I know what it is. The leaves are purple and green and hairy, and this plant spreads by seeds. It seems to flower the whole growing season. It doesn't seem to care if it is in full sun or part sun. I like it, even though it seeds into the lawn and all over the garden. I just need to know what it's called, and whether or not I should fear it conquering the entire yard, although it seems pretty easy to pull out of flower bed dirt, because it is looser, but in the yard I had to take a trowel to it and hack up the yard a bit. Thanks for you help!!!

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queen_gardener(5 OH)

Here is another pic, as the second one didn't get posted. The seedlings start out green, then purple up. This second pic is a mature plant.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:34AM
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Salvia lyrata, it does look a lot like ajuga...I can see your confusion.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:39AM
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queen_gardener(5 OH)

wowies, THANKS SO MUCH!!! You're awesome, and quick too!! Neat that it's native, as I'm trying to have as many natives as possible!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:59AM
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