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‘Black Scallop’ bugleweed

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

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Black foliage and spiky blue flowers (which appear in early summer) make a dramatic contrast. ‘Black Scallop’ thrives in full sun, which intensifies the black color. In full sun, the plant produces numerous runners, which should be thinned to prevent crown rot. In large plantings, you can run a rotary mower with a bagger attachment over the patch to control crowding and keep the foliage fresh. In mixed container plantings, the spilling habit of the plant makes it a standout choice. -Ron Smith, Regional Picks: Upper Plains, Fine Gardening issue #120

Noteworthy CharacteristicsVery dark, scalloped foliage and spikes of blue flowers. Invasive tendencies.

CareProvide full sun to light shade and most any soil. Thin the runners to prevent crown rot.

PropagationDivide rooted stems.

ProblemsThis plant is invasive.

  • Genus : Ajuga
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Foliage Color : Black
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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