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Black Scallop Ajuga
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Black Scallop Ajuga

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Growing Zones: 4-9
Growing Zones: 4-9
Mature Height: 3-6 in.
Mature Width: 6 in - 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
Spacing: 6-9 in.
Botanical: Ajuga reptans
Cannot Ship to: AZ, LA
Plant Size Quart Pots

A Versatile Groundcover with Color Appeal

Move over, ho-hum green groundcovers -- Black Scallop Ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Binblasca’ BLACK SCALLOP) is a striking alternative! Its near-black foliage provides a contrasting backdrop for the violet flowers that bloom in spring. The dense and spreading habit of Black Scallop Ajuga fills in bare garden spots as it hugs the ground like a colorful carpet.

Fragrant Flowers & Fantastic Foliage
1. Maroon-purple foliage. The leaves are textural as well as colorful. Sporting scalloped edges, the deep-purplish leaves remain on evergreen plants year-round to keep your garden lush and full.

2. Fragrant violet flowers. The flowers form along spikes that are held above the leaves, making Black Scallop Ajuga a real attention-grabber in the garden.

3. Deer-resistant. Deer are not attracted to the fragrant flowers or the succulent foliage. Even hungry rabbits leave plants alone.

A Groundcover Problem-Solver
As Black Scallop Ajuga spreads by above-ground stems called stolons, it forms a dense groundcover mat that functions as a living mulch cover for your garden plants, crowding out weeds and conserving ground moisture. The root system holds the soil in place and the foliage acts as a shock absorber for rain, which helps Black Scallop Ajuga control erosion on slopes or banks. In low-light areas where it’s a challenge to grow grass, Black Scallop Ajuga is a turfgrass alternative.

So Easy to Care For
Caring for Black Scallop Ajuga is a breeze using these few tips:

Sun. Although foliage color is enhanced by sun, plants are also shade-tolerant. Sites that receive part sun and part shade are optimal.

Soil. Moist, but not overly wet, soils support the best growth. Plant in soil that drains well. In low-lying areas that hold standing water after heavy rains, crown rot may be a problem.

Water. If you plant Black Scallop Ajuga underneath trees, the canopies may prevent sufficient rainwater from reaching plants. When establishing new plants, be sure to keep the soil moist.

Pruning. You don’t have to prune your plants, but if you want to rejuvenate the foliage, cut it to the ground after it flowers in spring.

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