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(zhivuchka in Russian), a genus of plants of the family Labiatae. They are perennial or annual herbs with opposite leaves. The flowers are arranged in false whorls on the stem apexes. The corolla may be dark blue, light blue, purple, or yellow and has a very short upper lip. There are 40 to 45 species found throughout almost the whole world. In the USSR there are 14 species. The common bugle (A. reptans), with its long creeping runners, grows in the deciduous forests, underbrush, and meadows of the European USSR and of the Caucasus. The nectariferous A. genevensis, A. pyramidalis, and other species are cultivated as ornamentals. In Russian, houseleek (molodilo) is often called zhivuchka.