Ajuga ophrydis like several of the other Ajuga species have medicinal properties. This one is a perennial herb that has apparently been used in traditional medicine to relieve menstrual pains. The plant has spikes of small blue flowers that appear on prominent stem leaves or bracts that reduce in size as they are positioned higher up along the stem. The name bugle weed or bugle plant has been encountered for it.
The distribution area ranges from the Eastern Cape across KZN and the Free State to Gauteng and Mpumalanga in grassland. One also finds it in Lesotho and Swaziland. This is the only Ajuga plant occurring in South Africa; there is about a hundred species worldwide (Manning 2009).
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