Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (AKA Creeping Carpet Bugle 'Black Scallop', Sicklewort 'Black Scallop', Carpenter's Herb 'Black Scallop')
Pronunciation: uh-JOO-guh REP-tanz
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The perfect punch of ebony color, Black Scallop is such a deep burgundy that the scalloped foliage is almost black in appearance. Rich blue blooms beckon butterflies 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 walnut), Black Scallop is often used to replace turf grass. Black Scallop is also frequently selected because she grows well in areas where poor soil, potential drought, or even deer 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 evergreen, 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.
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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.

To avoid crown rot It is critical for Ajugas to be planted with the crown (top of the root mass) slightly ABOVE ground level so water will not pool over the roots.

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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05/16/2019 By John A. Vecchio (MD)
Product reviewed: Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

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05/08/2019 By Kevin Utz (IL)
Product reviewed: Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

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07/12/2018 By Kelly Woestman
Product reviewed: Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

Plants arrived very healthy and this was in spite of a 106 degree heat index here. I've planted quite a few of one of the other variety of ajuga and am looking forward to blending this in with them.
Lovely plants!
10/18/2017 By Rebecca Glen
Product reviewed: Bugleweed 'Black Scallop' {3 1/2 in. Pots min 25}

This was my first time ordering from Classy Groundcovers and I am very pleased. The plants arrived nicely packed and in beautiful shape. Healthy and strong. We'll see how they look in the spring, but right now, they look great! Great color!
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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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.
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