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Chocolate Chip Bugleweed Ajuga reptans

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
6" 12"
Height
3" - 6"
Spread
10" - 12"
  • Details

    Features

    Curious, spreading, miniature chocolate foliage; lacy blue flowers in spring; tolerates deep shade and bad conditions

    Award Winner
    Fall Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Drought Tolerant

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    3 - 6 Inches
    Spacing: 
    10 - 12 Inches
    Spread: 
    10 - 12 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Shade: 
    Blue-True
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Black/Purple
    Habit: 
    Spreading
    Container Role: 
    Spiller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Chocolate Chip's petite foliage is fabulous in containers, beds and borders

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Fast growing plants spread by underground stems to create a great groundcover. Divide clumps when plantings get over crowded. Remove spent flowers, shears or even mowing on a high setting can quickly take care of the old flowers.

    Unusual, spreading miniature chocolate chip-sized foliage with shimmering lacy blue flowers. A true dwarf variety. Slow spreading groundcover. Deer-resistant

  • 3 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I planted chocolate chips at the edge of a retaining wall to avoid having to trim. I love it, they don’t grow higher than 3 inches, I get zillion of purple flowers early spring thru early summer, after that I get a few spike flowers until winter. They do die back after first snow in Colorado, but they are the first one to come back in the spring.

      Marcia
      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 11 weeks ago
    • Linda
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
  • 4 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2005 Top Performer University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2005 Top Performer University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2005 Top Performer University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2005 Top Performer University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
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