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Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'

Ajuga Chocolate Chip, often known as Bugleweed, is a quick-spreading groundcover. The deep chocolate tone of the foliage is beautifully contrasted by lavender-colored flower spikes in the late spring to early summer. It is both deer and rabbit resistant, as an added benefit of this low maintenance perennial.

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Ajuga Chocolate Chip (Ajuga reptans ‘chocolate chip’) is a quick-spreading flowering groundcover with rich, chocolate brown foliage. Lavender-blue flower spikes rise from the foliage in late Spring to early Summer and may repeat bloom. This deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant perennial thrive where other groundcovers may fail and are ideal for planting beneath trees and shrubs, on slopes, between stepping stones, and even containers.

Producing 3-inch foliage and flowering spikes of up to 6 inches, the Ajuga Chocolate Chip may be the perfect groundcover for your needs, with the added convenience of no fertilization needed. The Bugleweed is easy to care for; it only needs to be thinned every few years and it can be pruned after blooming using a high raised mower. When looking for a low-lying, spreading perennial, this groundcover is an optimal choice.


Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 2 to 3 Inches
Mature Width: 1 to 3 Feet
Classification: Perennial groundcover
Sunlight: Full sun to full shade
Habit: Spreading
Spacing: Plant 6 to 9 inches apart for prompt covering, take caution with depth as the crown should not be covered to prevent rot
Flower Color: Lavender-blue spikes in late spring through early summer
Flowering Season: April to July
Foliage: Rich burgundy-chocolate colored leaves with green undertones
Soil Condition: Moist with good drainage
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Selling Points: Fast growing flowering ground cover, tolerates full sun to full shade, deer resistant and rabbit resistant, low maintenance, season extender
Growzone: 3-9 Ajuga Chocolate Chip Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Before you buy a Ajuga Chocolate Chip plant (Bugleweed groundcover), make sure to read about the care instructions that are required and recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant Ajuga Chocolate Chip Bugleweed?

How do I plant Ajuga Chocolate Chip Bugleweed?

Ajuga Chocolate Chip Bugleweed is a fast spreading groundcover that can be planted 6-9 inches apart for prompt covering. Take caution not to cover the crown of the plant with soil as this will cause the plant to rot. Refrain from planting too close to un-edged flowerbeds or lawns as it grows very quickly. The Bugleweed may be used in container planting as the foliage will grow and spill over the sides for an abundant appearance. Great in contrast against light colored containers.

How do I prune by ajuga chocolate chip plant?

How do I prune by ajuga chocolate chip plant?

The Ajuga Chocolate Chip can be propagated by digging and dividing well established clumps in the fall or early spring. Every third year overcrowded groupings should be thinned to reduce crown rot. An otherwise low maintenance plant, the Ajuga Chocolate Chip may be trimmed after flowering with a high sitting mower.

What type of light does my Chocolate Chip Buglewood need?

What type of light does my Chocolate Chip Buglewood need?

The Chocolate Chip Buglewood is beyond accommodating and will thrive in full sun to full shade. Best foliage occurs with 3-4 hours of sun daily. Foliage may be smaller in full sun but this groundcover will produce more flower spikes in this condition.

What soil does my Ajuga Chocolate Chip Plant Need?

What soil does my Ajuga Chocolate Chip Plant Need?

The Ajuga Chocolate Chip Plant prefers moist soil with good drainage. However, it will tolerate moderately dry conditions. Avoid planting in wet, heavy soils. Their rugged disposition makes them ideal for beneath trees, on slopes, and between stepping stones.


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