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'Chocolate Chip' Bugleweed

PERENNIAL

Description

  • Appealing maroon foliage adds color and texture.
  • Spikes of bright blue flowers in early summer.
  • Super low-maintenance and durable.
  • Dense habit spreads nicely and controls weeds.
  • Zones 4-9, sun/part sun/shade, 3" tall x 12" wide at maturity.
Zone 4-9
Light part sun/sun/shade
low

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

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Arrives as young plant

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More Information

Description The bold burgundy- and chocolate-colored foliage of Chocolate Chip Bugleweed (Ajuga) steals the spotlight from other garden ground covers. Spikes of bright-blue blooms in late spring and early summer accompany the bold evergreen foliage to give your garden an eclectic vibe. This foolproof perennial groundcover will make gardening a breeze by suppressing weeds as it spreads through your garden. It's so low maintenance; nearly all you have to do is plant and enjoy! Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' bugleweed ground cover can be planted in containers, on slopes, beneath trees, and in small spaces. It looks especially lovely when grown around rocks or stepping stones. If you're looking to add an easy and unique twist to your garden, this plant is perfect for you. Plus, who could say no to chocolate chips?
Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover:
  • 6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet
  • 8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet
  • 10" spacing covers 11 sq feet
  • 12" spacing covers 16 sq feet
Details Botanical name: Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' (also known as 'Valfredda')
Common name: Bugleweed, carpet bugle, bugle, ground pine, carpenter's herb
Zone: 4 - 9
Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part-sun (4-6 hours sun), shade (< 4 hours sun)
Soil type: Average
Soil Moisture: Average to moist
Height x width: 3" x 12"
Flower color: Dark blue and violet
Foliage color: Burgundy and chocolate
Season of interest: Late spring
Bloom time: Spring, summer
Features: Rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, ground covers, deer resistant, cold tolerant, best for beginners
Uses: Container gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, stepping stones, small spaces, slopes
How To Grow Soil: Prefers moist soils with good drainage but tolerates moderately dry conditions.  Favors acidic soils with a pH in the range of 3.7 to 6.5.
Light: Will grow in full sun or shade, but the best foliage color usually occurs in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day).
Water: Easily grown in average soils.
Spacing: Space plants 6-9" apart, but be careful to not plant too deep. The crown should never be covered with soil, or the plant may rot.
Fertilizing: Ajugas seldom need fertilizing. Over-fertilizing can encourage crown rot.
Winterizing: No specific care is needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Every couple of years, thin out crowded groupings to reduce the chance of crown rot. Pruning is not required but can be done to rejuvenate foliage after flowering. Larger plantings may be mowed if they become unruly. Plants can be propagated by dividing established clumps in the fall or early spring.

Did You Know?

Ground Covers for Suppressing Weeds

Ground covers are powerhouses when it comes to the garden. They effortlessly fill those tough-to-grow sites that are usually ignored, like tight spaces, gaps between stepping stones, slopes, or shady understories. Fight plants with plants and transform your garden into a lush landscape in the process with these ground covers.

groundcover great for suppressing weeds

Customer Reviews

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K
Kelly

Packaged incredibly well! Great shipping, no problems! The product was great as well. I didn’t all plants in the ground in time so some were pretty sad from sitting but the healthy ones are doing well in the yard

K
K.S. (West Virginia)
Not all survived

Ordered five plants all together, came nicely shipped. The plants were a nice size and looked healthy. Three of my plants were supposed to be for sun/shade. I only planted one in the shade and it looks dead. When I contacted the company, they wanted a ridiculous amount of information just to refund or replace the plant.

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K
K.S. (New Mexico)
Chocolate chip ajuga

Plants arrived in great condition. Easy to plant plugs. Very satisfied with our choice.

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A.M. (New York)
Why Everyone Should Consider Chocolate Chip Bugleweed

I first bought this wonderful ground cover during the summer of 2022 because it was described as an attractive spreading plant which also crowds out those nasty weeds in my rock garden. Well, the plants arrived in good shape and performed as stated. This summer, I added the set of bugleweed plugs to fill in over the balance of the rock garden. Happily, the plugs arrived and these were not little, sad-looking specimens; they were substantial plantlets that started growing immediately once planted! I love the texture, coloring and spreading habit of these plants and must say that all plants that I order from Great Gardens have thrived in my garden and I am not a particularly skilled gardener!
AM
Long Island, NY

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L.T. (North Carolina)
These have been surprisingly healthy from the day they were planted.

Planted spring of 2022 as well as 2023. They have surprised me as to how much they have grown in that time. I couldn't be happier.