Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip' (3.5-inch pot)
Common Name: 'Chocolate Chip' Bugleweed
- Height: 2 Inches
- Spread: 6-8 Inches
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Sun to Shade
- Part Shade is preferred in Hot Summer Zones
- Evergreen to Semi-evergreen
- Small and elongated, bronze-maroon and green foliage
- Blue flower spikes - Spring
- Foliage color reduced in heavy shade
- Good Ajuga for small areas
- More clumping - slow to spread
Chocolate Chip Ajuga has small, glossy, bronze-maroon and green foliage. It is compact growing to just 2" high and performs more like a clumper spreading less by stolons with a slower growth habit than other reptans. Chocolate Chip Ajuga is suitable for small areas and at the edges of pathways and borders. Lilac-blue, 2" tall flower spikes shoot up putting on a brilliant show in Spring. Plants can be mowed on high to remove spent flowers. Ajuga thrives in humus soil and will grow fine in average, well-drained soil. Will tolerate occasional dry soil but prefers regular watering. Plant in areas with good air circulation in hot, humid climates to prevent crown rot. Good for small areas as ground cover, edging, borders, pathways and rock gardens. Mature height 2", spread 6"-8".
Plant Ajuga in spring or fall. Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Water Ajuga regularly, especially during the first few weeks after planting. Once established, the plant can tolerate some drought. Fertilize Ajuga once a year in spring with a slow-release balanced fertilizer. Ajuga does not require much pruning. You can remove any dead or damaged leaves as needed.
Hardy in USDA zones 3/4-9. In colder climates, the plant may need to be protected from frost with a layer of mulch.
With proper care, Ajuga will thrive for many years. It is a beautiful and versatile plant that can add a touch of elegance to any garden.
Ajuga can be propagated by division. To divide the plant, carefully dig it up and separate the rhizomes. Replant the rhizomes in separate containers or in the ground. Ajuga is not susceptible to many pests or diseases. However, it can be susceptible to leaf spot. If you see signs of leaf spot, remove the affected leaves and treat the plant with a fungicide.
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Plants were in good condition and arrive on time.
My plants arrived in great shape. They were full pots and not scraggly plants. The packaging was designed to keep them in good condition for transit in a hot Missouri summer. Would definitely buy again.
I couldn't have asked for anything better they arrived in fantastic condition however I would have preferred for them to have come by Federal Express rather than U. P. S. As they come very late and don't bother to ring the bell or anything - just drop them on the porch.
Using these chocolate chip ajuga to control erosion under my deck in full shade. Came in great condition and still damp in the soil. The flowers, which had to be pressed down to fit in the shipping box, have come back up nicely. I really like the color. Looking forward to them spreading out.