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Ajuga Chocolate Chip
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Ajuga Chocolate Chip

4 seasons of appeal with deer proof groundcover!
Item: #AJUCC1Q
ZONE 4,5,6,7,8,9
As low as $6.99
  • Deer proof evergreen ground cover with spikes of blue flowers.
  • Spreads quickly to form a wide mat of chocolate foliage
  • Tight growing mat keeps the weeds at bay
  • Effective replacement for turf and other hard to grow areas
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Light: Full Sun-Part Shade, Mature Size: 3" x 12"
  • Ship Size: Jumbo 1 Quart Pots
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Ajuga Chocolate Chip Description

Ajuga Chocolate Chip or bugleweed is a low growing mat forming creeping groundcover. It is prized for it's narrow, handsome evergreen chocolate leaves  Foliage stays super attractive from Spring thru Winter. During cooler weather, they turn quite dark and may lighten up somewhat during the heat of summer.  3" tall mats do a superb job suppressing weeds, leaving maintenance a breeze! 

Ajuga's colorful carpet is topped with dozens of 6 inch spikes of blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Otherwise it stays a compact 3 inches tall and can grow 8-12 inches wide in a season and up to 36 inches wide overall.

Annoying pests such as deer & rabbits stay away

Growing Tips

This foolproof ultra hardy perennial groundcover will grow in both shade & sun in average soil with moderate moisture and good drainage. Chocolate Chip is will fill in fast and it's important not to plant them too close to your lawn.    Ajuga tolerate occasional foot traffic.  Some websites recommend mowing after flowering, but we don't feel this is necessary to maintain it's good looks. Overall a low maintenance plant and a terrific mulch substitute

Ways to Use Ajuga

Beneath trees. Competes well with tree and shrub roots where other groundcovers fail.  Their rugged disposition makes tham ideal for banks and slopes as well as a small turf substitute.  Plant between stepping stones

Formal Gardens.  This low grower stays tidy all season long. Combine with Buxus and other shrubs.  To control its fast growing tendancy, plant in square pots and slightly bury them in the landscape

Containers.  Easy and somewhat drought proof in containers. Foliage spills over the sides of a pot. Lovely in light colored contrasting containers.  For an easy idea for all season container gardening plant a Thuja Emerald in the center of the pot and surround with Ajuga  This no-fuss combination looks stellar even in winter months where there is little else to enjoy.  Plant them in similar pots and intersperse them in the landscape where you need some color!

Underplanting/Groundcover/Mulch Replacement. Consider Ajuga as a replacement for costly mulch.  Plant at the base of Ornamental Grasses, shade loving Hydrangeas, Hellebores, or Hostas.

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

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' ('Valfredda' )
  • Common Name:
    Carpet Bugle, Bugle weed
  • 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
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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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Ann P  |  Aug 22, 2018
We are thrilled with our plants! Only lost one out of all. Although the wait was long, they have done beautifully and I think of your company each time I water them.

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The Ajuga you sent were so nice. Thank you for answering my questions and sending me suggestions. I have ordered from you before and I always have been pleased! Thanks!

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My recent order of plants was received yesterday, and I am thrilled with the quality. Thank you! The plants were packed so expertly that even though the delivery person didn't observe the 'UP notice on the boxes, the plants were still intact and in great shape. It was with great pleasure that I unpacked the plants and admired each one yesterday. I certainly would recommend your company to others. Thank you for your efficiency and for the wonderful plants! I'll be back for more!