I love this plant. I've been growing it in my rock gardens in Boston for about 3 yrs. It's a great year round plant because of it's beautiful shiny dark plum colored foliage (almost black by the early fall) and deep purple flowers in late Spring. It provides an outstanding contrast to almost all other plants.
- Sun or Shade
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).
This plant is hardy in zones 4 - 11
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
My Current Zone
An exciting black ajuga with beautiful glossy leaves; blue flowers in springAward WinnerFall InterestHeat TolerantDrought Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:3 - 10 InchesSpacing:10 - 14 InchesSpread:10 - 14 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Shade:Blue-TrueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:SpreadingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Sun or ShadeMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
This robust and hardy ajuga looks great in the landscape, beds and containersMaintenance 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.
Dark as night foliage with gorgeously scalloped leaves. A knock-out in patio pots, combos, and as a striking accent with white, gold or light colored plants. Deer-resistant.'Black Scallop' Ajuga reptans USPP 15,815
Cheryl7 years ago
I've planted 150 (75 twice). Costly at this point. Start out doing great and growing then for some reason DIE. Conditions for them are perfect (sun, soil water) so I don't understand, Looking for another alternative.Vicki NunnariNew YorkUnited States8 years ago
Looks beautiful and is one of the only ground covers that REALLY crowds out weeds. Very easy to keep under controlTeriPennsylvaniaUnited States8 years ago
What fabulous foliage for year long color! Pairs nicely with Magic Carpet Spiraea in spring/sumer & Euphorbia 'Efanthia' in fall/winterChris W.WashingtonUnited States8 years ago
I adore ajugas but most fail to take hold year after year, we salvaged one year before from a pot in Autumn and had a gorgeous ground plant all this year....hope it's still with me next year too! Gorgeous Color!Susan HooperOhioUnited States8 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial 2009 Top Performer - Growers Ohio State University - Columbus 2009 Leader of the Pack - Late Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Best of Breed Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Best Varieties Penn State 2009 Leader of the Pack for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Leader of the Pack - Late Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2009 Best Varieties Penn State