French name: Bugle rampant, Herbe de Saint-Laurent
Bugle is a perennial wildflower commonly found throughout France. It has dark green leaves which form a dense carpet. Bugle thrives in moist, partly shaded ground and is particularly found in woodland, along hedgerows and in damp meadows.
From May – July the plant sends up spikes of blue flowers which are interspersed with smaller leaves. The flowers are shaped like skirted ladies and often have stripes running through them.
Bugle provides an excellent source of nectar and pollen for butterflies and bees. It is coming to the end of it’s flowering season now but there are certainly plenty still in flower near our home. It’s an unassuming plant but keep an eye out for it and take a close look at the flowers, they’re very pretty.