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Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'

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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

Characteristics:



Height:
  4 Inches
Spread:
  8-10 Inches
Flower Color:
  Blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Multicolored
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Find Your Zone
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?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Mid-spring
  Late spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile 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?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Evergreen
Ground cover
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Geum coccineum 'Borisii'
Common Name: Avens
5,6,7
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Tiarella 'Black Snowflake' PP13684 COPF
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Corydalis lutea
Common Name: Corydalis-Yellow
5,6,7
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Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Heuchera 'Christa' PP20764
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heucherella 'Burnished Bronze' PP12159 COPF
Common Name: Foamy Bells
3,4,5,6,7
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Aurinia saxatilis SUMMIT™
Common Name: Basket-of-Gold
3,4,5,6,7
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Hosta 'Fire Island'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.