Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Black Scallop Bugleweed

Ajuga reptans 'Binblasca' PP15,815
An easy groundcover that brings beauty to bare spaces.

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Smother weeds with a lush carpet of purple-black foliage! Black Scallop Bugleweed covers bare spaces with style. Rounded, scalloped foliage emerges a deep, dark maroon color, eventually showing hints of green. The leaves create a handsome tapestry you can use to dress up the area under taller Spirits, Trees, and Accents. Incredibly simple to grow, Black Scallop flourishes in most parts of the country and needs only moderate water and a bit of shade in order to thrive. Beginning and experienced gardeners alike rely on this dashing groundcover to get the job done right!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Some people fear Bugleweed, finding it a little TOO easy to grow. This European Spirit can be more aggressive than you’d like, growing beyond its designated space. It’s important to keep in mind that Bugleweed is a robust plant when conditions are favorable. Don’t put delicate plants in its path, and don’t expect it to acknowledge ill-defined boundaries. Fortunately, Black Scallop Bugleweed is more compact, slower growing, and better behaved than most other selections. It was discovered in a British nursery in 1998. It has been available to the public since 2004.

The Details

Flowers for hummers—and people, too! In spring, Black Scallop Bugleweed puts on a boisterous display of blue-purple blossoms that hummingbirds will fight over. You’ll like the pretty flowers as well, and you’ll love the sweet scent they bring to your garden.

How to Grow

Grow Black Scallop Bugleweed in light afternoon shade for best foliage color and performance. Full sun is acceptable with regular water in regions that aren’t extremely hot and humid in summer. Any kind of soil is suitable, but those containing ample organic matter will give the best results. Black Scallop enjoys average moisture, although this is one Spirit that can handle somewhat soggy conditions, too. Freshen its appearance by shearing spent flower spikes in early summer. Dividing clumps in spring or fall is a good way to rejuvenate old plants and to make more starts. Simply dig, split, and replant.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 4-6" Tall
Avg Mature Width 6-24" Wide
Leaf Color Purple - Black
Flower Color Blue - Purple
Flower Time Late Spring to Early Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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