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'Chocolate Chip' Bugleweed

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

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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' 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
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.

Customer Reviews

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J
J.R. (New Jersey)
Disappointing

I ordered three flats last year and they were incredible and look fabulous this spring. I ordered another flat that arrived on Saturday and I planted on Monday. I am hoping the plugs are just very young and will flourish once in the ground. They are soggy, leggy and tangled with all the other plugs in the flat. They look pitiful but I will keep a close eye on them. If I had not had such a good experience last year I wouldn't feel very hopeful this year. Fingers crossed.

Hi Joanne, thank you for leaving us feedback! We're sorry to hear that your plants arrived to you in a condition not up to our standards. If you have any trouble with them at all, send us a few photos to claims@greatgardenplant.com and we'd be happy to take a look. We do offer at 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you contact us within the warranty window we'd be happy to replace or refund you plants! Happy Gardening!

S
Silvia C. (District of Columbia)
They came in completely destroyed

It was very disappointing to open up the box and see the plugs with almost no plants. Some of them were hanging soaking wet and melting already as if they had been exposed to a lot of water. Just a very sad set of plugs. Do not recommend it.

Hi Silvia, We apologize you received your plants not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors like shipping and handling are outside of our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Please email pictures of the plants to claims@greatgardenplants.com. Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

l
l.r. (Maryland)
not what I thought

The Chocolate Chip bugleweed that I have bought in the past has had large ovate leaves. The one I received has tiny elongated leaves. Also the flowers on the Great Garden plants Chocolate Chip are smaller and held further up from the leaves---also not what I have had in the past.

Hi Lynn, Thanks so much for reviewing your plants! Chocolate Chip bugleweed has narrower leaves than other bugleweeds, but as they mature, they do get a little wider. Keep in mind that the plant you purchased is still quite young! The same goes for the flowers. If you are still concerned that the plant you received in incorrect, you can always send pictures to our customer service team at claims@greatgardenplants.com.

R
R.G. (Texas)
Every Hardy

Have survived the summer heat in Texas. Very pretty!!

B
B.N. (Connecticut)
Chocolate chips, no cookies

The Chocolate Chip ajuga plants arrived in excellent condition. They're not yet in the garden because we are working on the usual dozen plans at once. However, we put both plants in wider pots and they have really done beautifully. We hope to get both settled this coming week. Both remain healthy, strong and beautiful! Love it! Marie and Brian Noonan