Ajuga Chocolate Chip Description
Fast growing deer-proof Ajuga Chocolate Chip is a low growing evergreen ground cover that thrives in both sun & shade.
Chocolate Chip bugleweed can be used as a small scale lawn substitute or as an under planting to shrubs & perennials where Ajuga's shallow roots help keep nearby shrubs & perennials roots cool in the heat of summer. This stepable type plant (one that take high traffic) for kid and dog traffic.
Ajugas are not only quick to establish, their fine textured, close knit habit keeps those nasty weeds down and making maintenance a breeze!
The 3" tall chocolate colored carpet is topped with dozens of miniature spikes of blue flowers in late spring and early summer.
Use as an under planting to Hydrangea, combine with colorful Heuchera, spring flowering Hellebore, or Hostas.
Special Features: Blooms First Year, Cold Hardy ,Deer Resistant, Easy Care,Fall Color, Fast Growing, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Pest Resistant, Season Extender
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- Botanical Name:
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' ('Valfredda' )
- Common Name:
Carpet Bugle, Bugle weed
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- Height x Width:
3" x 12"
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Alpine and Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Small Spaces
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AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Prefers moist, humus 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.
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