Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans Chocolate Chip)

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Chocolate Chip
Cultivar name: 'Valfredda'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 6-9 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Grown for foliage: Bronze-green color with smaller leaves than other A. reptans
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates foot traffic
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Does not produce seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Bees

Second year in my garden.

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Comments:
Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Mar 12, 2013 11:11 AM

This has smaller leaves and spreads less aggressively than a regular ajuga.

I had a large patch in a clay area with poor drainage, and they didn't survive a very mild winter in zone 7. I think voles might have been in that area, but I was surprised they didn't survive at all.

They need very little water but do spread and grow better with regular water and good soil.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Nov 29, 2014 6:27 PM

This is an excellent low-growing small plant for the outdoor miniature garden.
In the ground or container it looks good and stays small. Remove flowers as soon as finished for a manicured look.

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Posted by Pattyw5 (La Salle Illinois - Zone 5a) on Nov 29, 2014 6:01 PM

Placed pieces of this plant in several places. All that were planted in rich loose soil where the roses reside came back even after last year's severe winter. Not so lucky in other spots, where survival was hit and miss. Spreads, but much easier to control than other varieties. Is not a garden thug.

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 18, 2015 10:05 AM

It does seem to need extra TLC until it fills in... this spring, it seems dense enough that I won't need to keep picking little weeds out of it. It took several years to establish in 2 areas of my garden (around "special" shrubs), but the result was worth the extra effort, as it's a beautiful low groundcover.

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Posted by Sundownr (SW Virginia - Zone 6a) on Jan 23, 2016 9:05 AM

I have two large patches of chocolate chip ajuga around a small pond and at the base of a group of trees where my mini garden resides.
PROS: beautiful, very winter-hardy in my zone 6, and helps to keep down the weeds.
CONS: slightly aggressive and needs pruning to keep out of the pond; displaced the moss in the mini garden when I wasn't looking.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 22, 2014 4:43 PM

Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' is an attractive ground cover plant that does well in part shade. Provide 3-4 hours of sun a day for best foliage color. Ajuga reptans attracts ladybugs and hoverflies. Both of these beneficial insects feed on aphids. In addition, ladybugs also feed on mealybugs, soft scales, and spider mites.

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