Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip' (AKA Creeping Carpet Bugle 'Chocolate Chip', Sicklewort 'Chocolate Chip', Carpenter's Herb 'Chocolate Chip', 'Valfredda', A. tenorii)
Pronunciation: uh-JOO-guh REP-tanz
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If you are after a pop of deep color to cover your ground, this is the perennial for you! Picture dark-green foliage splashed with chocolate and burgundy highlights blanketing your landscape and then exploding with deep blue, 2-inch flower spikes from early spring to early summer. Butterflies will love this Ajuga (commonly called Bugleweed) and so will your neighbors!

While other Ajugas have shorter, thicker leaves, this variety tends to offer taller, slightly more slender leaves. But don't let the leaves fool you; this variety is also commonly selected because its dwarf, low growth habits makes it perfect for smaller areas needing a hardy, weed-choking groundcover. Chocolate Chip tolerates light foot traffic and ends out offering a brilliant contrast as a border edging, around shrubs and trees and even between pavers/stepping stones.

When working with Chocolate Chip, your biggest challenge will be deciding where you don't want to use her. While her preference is a partially shaded, well-drained and loamy soil, she's perfectly content in a variety of locations including full sun where her foliage gives its very best show of color, provided you supply her with ample moisture.

Gardener Tips
Avoid waterlogged situations because Chocolate Chip does not perform well in that environment. To test the drainage of your soil, dig a small 10 inch hole, fill it with water and observe the length of time it takes to drain. If, after a few hours, the soil has not drained, it may not be an ideal location for Chocolate Chip Ajuga.
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General information about Ajuga (Bugleweed):
Ajuga reptans (commonly called Bugleweed) is noted for her striking range of foliage, colors, and textures. In mass plantings, the blanket of blue flowers is simply stunning. Because of her attractive tri-color foliage and spikes of blue flowers in spring, she is a frequent choice for planting under roses. Superb at choking out weeds, Ajuga creates a mat of semi-evergreen to evergreen, foliage that remains attractive all year round. She is also sought out because it is one of the few groundcovers that will grow under walnut trees. Growing Ajuga under trees offers gardeners who prefer not to mow under them because of the danger of large root systems a lovely solution to covering their ground. Because Ajuga will grow in shady areas, she is a terrific option for spots where grasses often fail to thrive. This makes her a perfect choice to replace turf grass, and even for growth on banks, slopes, and under shrubs. This is a plant most gardeners won’t do without.

Things to Note
The foliage color will be less vibrant in areas with no direct sunlight. For example, the Black Scallop and Bronze Beauty will be greener and the Burgundy Glow will have less burgundy.

Be aware that variegated cultivars such as Black Scallop are hybridized or sports and occasionally she will revert. Watch out for any emerging green shoots. Immediately weed any such shoots out since they are much more vigorous than the variegated plant and will take over the clump.

Speaking of foliage, keep in mind that the more direct sun Ajuga receives the more depth of color her foliage maintains. Plants such as Black Scallop or Bronze Beauty will become more green and Burgundy Glow will be less burgundy with less sunlight.

Interesting Fact
The leaves and young shoots of Ajuga cultivars are edible (but a bit bitter) and add contrasting color to salads.
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Planted the next day and with some care expect good and desired results. Spent many years attempting to grow grass in this heavily shaded area and hope this ground cover will be the answer instead.

When I called, I had many questions and Kevin was incredibly patient, informative, and educational. I was searching for something that would be drought tolerant, dog tolerant, and withstand South Texas conditions. All of the plants arrived happy and alive... Read full review >
Healthy robust plants
10/28/2019 By Barry Berger (MA)
Product reviewed: Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

Ordered 25 in 3” pots. Arrived in great shape, planted two days post receipt, all doing well so far. Very pleased will order again.
Beautiful Ajuga
09/12/2019 By Susan F Ballentine (GA)
Product reviewed: Bugleweed 'Chocolate Chip' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

Healthy, gorgeous plants. Very easy to plant & hoping that, despite our heat, they will do well. Incredibly healthy—so pleased about that.

These plants were healthy and had good roots right after arrival. i have planted most and they have tolerated transplanting.
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If you are more than a one-day ship away, we do not recommend shipping this plant during the heat of summer (July-August). Although our shipments are expedited (at most three days in transit), this plant tends to suffer more than average plants when shipped during hot weather (sometimes melting into mush).

You may order them, but understand that we will not replace or refund should any perish. (more)

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Care
Care: between pavers, Care: trim to rejuvenate, Care: ajuga, Care: trim runners to prevent spread, Care: well-drained
General information that applies to all plants:
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- Planting instructions
- Explanation and description of bare roots
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- If you cannot plant bare roots right away

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