Black Scallop Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' PP #15,815

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40054
A dense, mat of richly colored, dark burgundy-maroon foliage with dark green undertones. Whorls of small, rounded leaves with scalloped edges on reddish stems that support showy spikes of lacy, deep violet flowers in spring. Good powdery mildew resistance. Ideal in containers, around shrubs or between stepping stones. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationa-JU-gah REP-tanz
LoreThis garden perennial falls into the mint family along with all the useful herbs. It is known as bugle weed and the more ground hugging species were the carpet bugles. The genus was assigned by Linnaeus from the Latin for "not Yoked" which refers to a certain part of the flower. There are over 50 different species, this one named A. reptans, from the Latin for creeping, which describes its growth habit. Ajuga was an ancient medicinal and used as a wound coagulant, which led to it's lesser known common name, "carpenter's herb".
Average Size at MaturityForms a dense mat 4 to 6 in. tall, spreading 12 to 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Early Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorViolet-blue
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Spreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Improved Disease Resistance, Naturalizes Well, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra); Sweet Flag (Acorus)

Thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Best foliage color in sunnier exposures. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in late summer. Space 1 to 2 ft. apart as groundcover.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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