Chocolate Chip Ajuga

Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'

Item 8030


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USDA Zone:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

A dwarf, spreading groundcover that creates a tight mat of rich, chocolate brown foliage with dark green undertones. Charming spikes of lacy blue flowers rise above the foliage in the spring. May repeat bloom in milder climates. Beautiful in containers, around shrubs or between stepping stones. An herbaceous perennial.

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Average Size at Maturity
Forms a dense mat 2 to 3 in. tall, slowly spreading 24 to 36 in. wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Herbaceous
Growth Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Moderate
Special Feature: Dense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well
Foliage Color: Bronze
Flower Attribute: Flowers for Cutting ,   Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Spring to Early Summer
Flower Color: Blue
Garden Style: Contemporary ,   Cottage ,   Rustic

Thrives in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Best foliage color in sunnier exposures. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in late summer. Space 2 to 2 1/2 ft. apart as groundcover.


This garden perennial falls into the mint family along with all the useful herbs. It is known as bugle weed and the more ground hugging species were the carpet bugles. The genus was assigned by Linnaeus from the Latin for "not Yoked" which refers to a certain part of the flower. There are over 50 different species, this one named A. reptans, from the Latin for creeping, which describes its growth habit. Ajuga was an ancient medicinal and used as a wound coagulant, which led to it's lesser known common name, "carpenter's herb".

Customer Reviews

Love this plant
by Jano, June 7, 2020

I bought this plant 4 different times from 3 different retailers -- including through Monrovia online. Love this plant. Everywhere I plant it, it takes off! Most recent plants went into some fairly wet spots (I planted 2 others in some drier areas in the garden last year). I swear they started growing noticably almost immediately!

Hard To Kill
by Arbow, July 10, 2018

This is one tough little plant that seems to do great. It loves my mostly my clay soil and seems to do fine with a weekly short rain shower most of the time. Planted in a garden bed to out compete the invading grass and give my garden some color. Very hardy, can be stepped on, etc and comeback like a pro.

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