Can ajuga thrive in area without any sunlight at all - Knowledgebase Question

Edmonds, WA
Question by edmondsz2
August 31, 2006
I have an area that's bright, but don't get any direct sunlight at all. Can ajuga thrive in this area? Can they flower as well? which variety is the best for this kind of shade? Part of the area is kind of dry, which variety is the best for drought resistant? I can plant two separate ajuga there. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
August 31, 2006


As attractive as Ajuga is, it won't grow and bloom in shady spots. You'll have better luck with a shade loving ground cover such as vinca minor, Bishop's weed, pachysandra, or Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense). This woodland wildflower often forms large colonies in moist woodland areas. Each plant usually consists of two heart-shaped leaves. A single flower is produced in April or May. The flower, usually hidden beneath the foliage, is bell-shaped and maroon to brown in color. The common name, wild ginger, refers to the ginger-like aroma produced when the leaves or rhizomes are crushed.

European wild ginger (Asarum europaeum) is another excellent groundcover with glossy, dark green foliage. Both gingers prefer moist, well-drained soils that contain large amounts of organic matter. Sites in partial to heavy shade are best.

Best wishes with your garden!

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