Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’

(Chocolate Chip Ajuga)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Ajuga Chocolate Chip, also known as bugleweed, is a low-growing creeping groundcover. This particular selection is prized for its handsome evergreen foliage with deep burgundy-chocolate tones. During cooler weather, the plants turn quite dark and may lighten up somewhat during the heat of summer.  Its mat-forming habit does a superb job suppressing weeds, so maintenance is a breeze!

‘Chocolate Chip’ ajuga forms a colorful 3″ high carpet that is topped with dozens of 6″ spikes of blue flowers in late spring and early summer. It can grow 8-12″ wide in a season and up to 36″ wide overall.

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Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils with good drainage, but tolerates moderately dry ones. Will grow in full shade, but best foliage color is in sunny locations (at least 3-4 hours of sun per day). Divide when clumps become overcrowded. A fast-growing plant which will spread in the garden by stolons to form an attractive, low-growing ground cover. Not as aggressive as many of the other ajugas, however. Larger plantings may be mowed on a high mower setting to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy the appearance of the planting. Space plants 6-9″ apart for quick cover.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Chocolate Chip Ajuga

Botanical Name

Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


4 to 6"


4 to 6"

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

March – April

Flower Color




Foliage Color

bronze, green, purple

Deer Resistant


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