The ruffled, glossy foliage forms a dense mat in rich tones of purple, mahogany, brown and black. This dark beauty looks wonderful when contrasting grey or green foliage, it makes a great edging plant, creeper or potted pop of colour, or in mixed pots. Spring to summer little rosettes of lilac blue flower stems emerge above the leaves, they even have a soft perfume.
An easy care, evergreen ground cover that acts as a great weed suppressor. This rhizomatous perennial will spread at a reasonable pace through underground stolons. Frost isn’t an issue for this soldier, handling temperatures to -35C! And, while many Ajuga can be affected by mildew, this one has excellent resistance.
It is commonly known as Carpet Bugle because the leaves form a carpet and the flowers look like trumpets/bugles.
Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’ copes well with shade or shade and maintains flowering in both – but you will get the best foliage colour in shade to bright, filtered light. Shelter from hot afternoon sun, and don’t let them dry out too much.
Plant Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’ in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. Water in well (this takes around four weeks of regular watering – sometimes daily in warm weather) and it will become dry tolerant once established. In pots use a good quality potting mix and add a little fertiliser annually in spring.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm
Spring to Summer
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade