Black Scallop Ajuga

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'Black Scallop' Ajuga is a fast-growing and attractive groundcover with burgundy-black leaves and spiky, violet-blue flowers. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall and flowering in late spring, 'Black Scallop' is fairly forgiving when it comes to soil and sunlight, but prefers things on the moist side. A great choice for attracting pollinators early in the season. Deer resistant. PP#15815 (Ajuga reptans)
Zones 4 - 9
Bee Friendly
Attract Hummingbirds
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Easy To Grow
Good For Erosion Control
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 4-6" tall , Up to 36" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

Black Scallop is a dramatic Ajuga, with glossy year-round leaves and stunning deep blue flowers. Spreads well with plenty of moisture.

All about Ajuga: An impressive groundcover, Ajuga is masterful at filling in spaces where other plants struggle to grow – even under Black Walnut trees. Its glossy, sometimes colorful foliage forms rosettes that stay close to the ground, creating a dense carpet that suppresses weeds and controls erosion. Later in the season, Ajuga plants send up delightful spikes of blue, purple or pink flowers, adding summertime beauty to the landscape. Low-maintenance Ajuga plants do not need trimming or deadheading.

Ajuga can be planted in full sun, half sun and full shade locations and also tolerates a wide range of soils, although it can be susceptible to root rot in very wet sites. It spreads by forming offshoots (stolons) that reach away from the plant, forming nodes and sending down roots where they touch the ground. Use this lovely, vigorous grower  to your advantage!

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Associated SKUsAM018228
AM014493 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018149 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
AM018150 (Tray of 32) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Black Scallop Bugleweed PP#15815
Botanical Name
Ajuga reptans Black Scallop PP#15815
Patent Number
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
4-6" flowers
Mature Height
4-6" tall
Mature Spread
Up to 36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Glossy, scalloped almost black leaves. Cannot take full summer sun as foliage will scorch.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Bee Friendly, Attract Hummingbirds, Groundcover, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Evergreen, Easy To Grow, Good For Erosion Control, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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