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Chocolate Chip Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'

Pronunciation: a-JU-gah REP-tanz
SKU #08030
4-9

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OVERVIEW
Description A dwarf, spreading groundcover that creates a tight mat of rich, chocolate brown foliage with dark green undertones. Charming spikes of lacy blue flowers rise above the foliage in the spring. May repeat bloom in milder climates. Beautiful in containers, around shrubs or between stepping stones. An herbaceous perennial.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moderately moist.
Blooms Spring to Early Summer
Mature Size Forms a dense mat 2 to 3 in. tall, slowly spreading 24 to 36 in. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Spreading
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
CARE
Care 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 2 to 2 1/2 ft. apart as groundcover.
HISTORY
Lore This 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".

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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