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Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' (Ajuga, Carpet bugle, Bugle)

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Plant description

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' is a selected form of the hardy herbaceous groundcover plant Ajuga. It has dark purple-black leaves with decorative ruffled margins, and it spreads from underground stolons to form a mat-like groundcover. It is a very useful plant for shady and semi shaded positions, as well as sunny spots. It is frost hardy, and performs well in the heat. It is long flowering, bearing short blue flower spikes in spring and summer. This plant is also good for containers, as a contrast to other plants, as a border and for mass plantings. It likes a well drained soil.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: blue
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.1 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.8 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring.

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