Ajuga reptans Black Scallop
Black Scallop Bugleweed
Details4-6" tall x 12-15" wide. Ajuga Black Scallop (Black Scallop Bugleweed) is an easily grown groundcover, with glossy, dark-burgundy foliage and bright-blue late-spring flowers. Use this perennial as a foliar foil for blue or gray leaved semi-shade loving companion plants, such as Festuca 'Siskiyou Blue' or Stachys 'Helen von Stein' to highlight this plant's unusual foliage. This unusual form of groundcover Ajuga works well in most any soil in either shade and semi-shade.
|Common Name||Black Scallop Bugleweed|
|Botanical Name||Ajuga reptans Black Scallop|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Shade|
|Mature Height||4-6" tall|
|Mature Spread||12-15" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Moist/Wet|
|Amount of Rain||20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Groundcover, Tolerates Foot Traffic|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Planting and Growing Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Ajuga (Bugleweed) a genus of Old World shade-loving groundcovers with showy blue flowers.
- Grows well in most any soil including clay. Plant in partial sun to full shade. Dark foliage types color up best with some morning sun. Mulching is not necessary.
- Keep regularly watered to maintain moderate soil moisture.
- Deadhead after blooming. Large patches can be deadheaded by mowing. Tolerates foot traffic.
- Fertilize lightly in fall with Yum Yum Mix/compost blend.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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