Ajuga ophrydis is a perennial herb that can reach 250mm. It is sparsely distributed in rocky grassland areas, in close proximity to rocky slopes at higher altitudes.
The paddle-like leaves of Ajuga ophrydis are basal and rosetted for the most part, measuring 30-170mm long by 15-40mm wide. The margins are covered in fine hairs and are toothed, sometimes slightly rolled inwards. The inflorescence measures approx. 200mm long and is spiked. The whorled flowers are relatively small (12-14mm) and are blue-mauve. Each flower consists of a 5-toothed calyx with 1 reduced upper “lip”. 4 brown curved stamens appear as “eyes” on each floret, giving each flower the semblance of a miniature face.
This is a worthwhile addition to any Grassland garden. It should not be disturbed, once planted.