Herbs Guide


Family Name: Labiatae

Botanical Name(s): Ajuga reptans

Popular Name(s): Creeping Bugle, Carpenter's Herb, Common Bugle

Parts Used: Herb

Habitat: Bugle is found abundantly throughout Britain.

Description: Bugle is a perennial herb which is marked by its solitary, tapering flower-stalks, 6 to 9 inches high. Its erect flower-stalk is sent up from the root-stock which is pale green (often purplish) in colour, with the leaves opposite in pairs. It flowers are purplish blue in colour.

Uses: Bugle has bitter, astringent and aromatic properties. An infusion of this plant is considered very useful in coughs and haemorrhages.