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Chocolate Chip Bugleweed Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'

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a-JOO-guh REP-tanz
Description

Chocolate Chip Bugleweed is an evergreen, ground-hugging perennial with oval chocolate leaves and burgundy highlights with bluish-purple flower spikes which bloom in mid to late spring. It will spread to form a mat over time to create an attractive groundcover. It is deer and rabbit resistant and easy to grow.

Plant in partial shade to full shade in humusy, moist, well-drained soils. Use this plant in small spaces, containers, borders, rock gardens, or under trees and shrubs.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This plant is susceptible to crown rot. Do not plant in heavy clay and avoid over-crowding.

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Cottage Garden Perennial Border Fairy Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#hummingbirds#understory#small spaces#heavy shade#easy to grow#shade tolerant#shade garden#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#fast growing#deer resistant#glossy leaves#groundcover#rock gardens#nectar plant spring#food source nectar#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#hummingbirds#understory#small spaces#heavy shade#easy to grow#shade tolerant#shade garden#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#fast growing#deer resistant#glossy leaves#groundcover#rock gardens#nectar plant spring#food source nectar#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ajuga
    Species:
    reptans
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Wildlife Value:
    Nectar from the flowers attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    heavy shade, deer, rabbit
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Rosulate
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Dentate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has small, chocolate leaves with burgundy highlights.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Heavy Shade
    Rabbits