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Bugle (Ajuga reptans)

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Bugle has a creeping rooting stem and can appear in large mats. It has glossy green or sometimes bronzed leaves and blue flowers. Its five sepals are fused to form a short bell. The upper lip of the flower is almost missing exposing the blue stamens. The lower lip has two small side lobes and a large notched cental lobe. The fruit consists of four nutlets. Stems are killed in winter but the roots remain and form a new plant. Its syrup was once used to cure many ailments from colds to wounds, insomnia, hangovers and broken bones. It flowers May to July. Picture taken at Old Warden Woods in Bedfordshire - 14th May 2006.

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24th May 2006 by Diane Earl

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Biology, Science

Key Stages:
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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plant flower wildlife medicine

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