Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ Bugleweed Flynn-Burhoe meta4site.com ParkdalePerennialsYYC

According to Heritage Perennials the ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ Bugleweed is a disease-resistant American variety that originally came from Europe. I have had this in my garden both for the dark green foliage which forms a tidy mound as a ground cover and for the short spikes of small deep purple-blue flowers that bloom mid-June, around the same time that the bearded Iris are in bloom. The leaves are a bronze, chocolate-brown and companions well with Beardtongue Penstemon Husker Red, with similar hued foliage. (The Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ was the 1995 Perennial Plant Association’s 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year). Although the ajuga reptans likes shade and it doesn’t like to be too dry, it can survive in the sun and is not fragile. It is actually under a blue spruce tree which usually hinders growth. I have a lot of hares in this part of the garden – there is no fence – and the plant has survived for years. It is considered to be evergreen so it is already growing in February in Calgary. It is a zone 3-9. It is a very easy plant to grow and does not spread too rapidly. I highly recommend this for our Community Garden. I have it planted with a Pasque flower and white clover.

“Plant in any shady area with reasonably moist soil. . . Nice in containers and tubs. Combines beautifully with all kinds of spring-flowering bulbs. Plants may be easily divided in spring or early fall. . . Clip or mow off flower stems after blooming. Sometimes listed as Ajuga × tenorii ‘Valfredda’.” Heritage Perennials

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