This unique variety of Ajuga sports relatively small, narrow leaves that weave a tight mat of foliage. Depending on the amount of sunlight they receive, the leaves are a mix of rich chocolate-purple and green. Tolerates light foot traffic.
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Ajuga grows best in partial to full shade but will also grow in full sun if constant moisture is provided. It will tolerate any soil, even poor ones, as long as it is well-drained. Good air circulation is essential to avoid crown rot. This species grows quickly and should therefore be planted in areas where a mass of groundcover is desired such as on a slope or under a tree. Do not use it as an edging for the lawn; it will easily spread into the grass.
Propagate by division any time during the growing season.
Coralbells – Rounded mounds of coral bells blend well with the matlike foliage of ajuga. The airy flower spikes of coral bells stand out against a backdrop of dark ajuga foliage.
Fothergilla – Give shade-loving shrubs such as fothergilla a pretty skirt by planting colorful ajuga varieties around their base.
Bleeding heart – Plant ajuga with old-fashioned bleeding hearts so you have color and interest when the bleeding hearts go dormant in summer.