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Ajuga reptans

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
Quick spreading ground cover with spikes of violet blue flowers in the spring. Excellent groundcover in shaded areas and under trees.  
Shade to sun with moisture. Remove old flowers after blooming and occasionally thin the planting to open up to better air circulation and prevent stem diseases. 

'Catlin's Giant' 6-12 inches very large burgundy green foliage

'Burgundy Glow' 6-12 inches variegated foliage of white, pink, purple and green. Slow weak grower.

'Atropurpurea' 6-12 inches bronze foliage

'Mahogany' 1-3 inches black purple foliage

'Chocolate Chip' 1-3 inches very thin burgundy foliage

Mature Height
4-12 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 9 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - June
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Crown rots, aphids
Additional Notes
Good ground cover in shaded areas but may tend to get aggressive and find its way to the lawn


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic