Chocolate Chip Ajuga
Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'
Pronunciation: a-JU-gah REP-tanz
|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.|
|Special Features||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Compact Form|
|Flower Attributes||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Ground Cover, Edging|
|Companion Plants||Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Sweet Flag (Acorus);|
|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.|
|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".|
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