The perfect punch of ebony color, Black Scallop is such a deep burgundy that the scalloped foliage is almost black in appearance. Rich blue
from 8 to 10-inch flower spikes in late spring/early summer. Black Scallop is perfect as an intense carpet of color replacing artificial mulches and choking out weeds. In fact, because of her tolerance of light foot traffic and ability to grow under most trees (including
Black Scallop is often used to replace turf grass. Black Scallop is also frequently selected because she grows well in areas where
tend to be a problem. Large plantings of Black Scallop are truly a breathtaking show stopper.
Another favorite use among gardeners for Black Scallop is in container plantings where she trails over the sides of pots and her foliage is a welcome contrasting color even when she isn't blooming. In fact, in milder climates, Black Scallop remains
a trait that makes her a perfect choice for adding year-round curbside appeal.
Remember if you seek that rich black-burgundy hue from Black Scallop's foliage, you'll want to plant her in a sunny location otherwise she'll be more green in color.
If desired, in order to rejuvenate the foliage, cut it back to the ground after flowering. Mow large areas of bugleweed with a lawn mower; however, in small patches, trim plants back with pruning shears or a weed trimmer.
Does well in full shade, but its best foliage color is in part-sun locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day).
Tolerates full sun in southern zones with ample moisture. Prefers loamy, well-drained soil but tolerates moderately dry ones. Avoid situations where it is wet for extended periods.
Do not plant Ajuga too deep, the very top of the root is best left above soil level.
Do not overwater, let the top 2" of soil dry out before watering. Do not let it stay bone dry for extended periods, but Ajuga likes air to reach their roots and too much water hampers that.
In areas where spreading is not desired, trim back the runners before they take root or prune ruthlessly once a year.
Requires good drainage.
General information that applies to all plants:
preparation, fertilization, pH
and description of bare roots
to plant bare root plants
- If you
cannot plant bare roots right away