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Ajuga Black Scallop
ENLARGE IMAGE Deer proof and trouble-free groundcover!
  • Deer proof evergreen groundcover for sun or shade
  • Clump forming groundcover ideal for edging
  • Excellent in container combinations

Ajuga Black Scallop

Enjoy 4 seasons of interest with deer proof Ajuga!
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ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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  • Deer proof & maintenance free groundcover
  • Thrives in sun or shade
  • Near-black foliage looks great all season
  • Not bothered by insects or diseases
  • Late spring brings dozens of blue flowers
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Ajuga Black Scallop Description

Annoying pests such as deer & rabbits stay away from Black Scallop Ajuga a foolproof perennial groundcover for both shade & sun.

Rugged, near-black leaves adorn this mat-forming ground cover. 3" tall mats do a superb job suppressing weeds, leaving maintenance a breeze!

Planted beneath trees, this fast growing groundcover minimizes difficult mowing situations.  Ajuga is a great substitute for turf grass, lining narrow beds, or in front of taller perennials. 

Ajuga's colorful carpet is topped with dozens of  spikes of blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

This tough- as -nails ground cover works so superbly as an underplanting to sun loving Ornamental Grasses, shade loving Hydrangeas, Hellebores, or Hostas.

Plant this easy to grow perennial in average soil with moderate moisture and good drainage. Plant Ajuga in either sun, shade or part shade.  The dark foliage takes on a glossy appearance with a  couple of hours of sun. Occasional foot traffic can be tolerated.

Special Features:  Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Pest Resistant, Season Extender

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Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Ajuga 'Black Scallop'
  • Common Name:
    Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Sun-Part Shade-Shade
  • Delivery:
    See Schedule
  • Ship Form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil Type:
  • Soil Moisture:
  • Height x Width:
    3" x 12"
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
  • Bloom Season:
    Late Spring
  • Uses:
    Alpine and Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Small Spaces
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:PP#15,815

Ideas and How-to's



Soil: Prefers moist, humusy soils with good drainage, but tolerates moderately dry ones. The soil should be acidic with a pH in the range of 3.7 to 6.5. Avoid planting in wet, heavy soils, and provide good air circulation.
Light: Will grow in full sun or shade, but best foliage color usually occurs in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day). The foliage will tend to be smaller when grown in full sun, but the plant will produce more flower spikes.
Water: Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils.
Spacing: Space plants 6-9" apart for prompt cover being careful not to plant too deeply. The crown should never be covered with soil or the plant will rot and die.
Fertilizing: Ajugas seldom need fertilizing. Over fertilizing can encourage crown rot.
Winterizing: No specific care needed
Maintenance & Pruning: Can be propagated by digging and dividing established clumps in the fall or early in the spring. About every third year, large, crowded groupings should be thinned out to reduce the chance of crown rot. Plants are very low maintenance, but may be cut back to the ground after flowering, if necessary, to rejuvenate the foliage. Large plantings may be mowed on a high mower setting to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance of the planting. Avoid planting adjacent to lawn areas since little islands of ajuga may start appearing in the grass. On variegated forms promptly remove any non-variegated leaves that may appear. This will prevent the plant from reverting back to it's original green form.