Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Bugleweed|
Common Name (Alternative): Carpet Bugleweed
This unique variety of ajuga sports relatively small, narrow leaves that weave a tight mat of foliage. Depending on the amount of sunlight they receive, the leaves are a mix of rich chocolate-purple and green (deeper color in more sun).
From mid to late spring, short spikes of light blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en masse.
Its petite size makes this variety suitable for planting between stepping stones, in wall crevices, or in other small spaces. It is also useful for erosion control on slopes.
This plant is sold in Europe under the name Ajuga x tenorii 'Valfredda'.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Ajuga grows best in partial to full shade but will also grow in full sun if constant moisture is provided. It will tolerate any soil, even poor ones, as long as it is well-drained. Good air circulation is essential to avoid crown rot. This species grows quickly and should therefore be planted in areas where a mass of groundcover is desired such as on a slope or under a tree. Do not use it as an edging for the lawn; it will easily spread into the grass. Propagate by division any time during the growing season.