Dark purple ground cover provides good contrast to plants with green foliage in the garden and container plantings. Its thickly textured, glossy leaves have scalloped edges and are evergreen in warmer zones. In the springtime, deep purple flowers open above the foliage, creating a sea of blue when planted en masse. This variety spreads more slowly and is more compact than other ajuga. It's a good choice for rock gardens, edging a path or around trees. While butterflies and pollinators love it, deer tend to avoid. For the best foliage color, plant in full sun and in cooler temperatures. Ajuga 'Black Scallop' PP15815
Planting InstructionsIn full sun the foliage will get darker.
Flower Form8 - 10'' high spikes with small flowers.
Foliage TypeVery dark-purple to black leaves. Thick texture and shiny surfaced leaves. Leaves have scalloped edges. Low growing, ground covering. Evergreen in warmer zones
Soil RequirementMoist soil.
PruningWhen desired cutting back long branches after flowering is possible. After flowering
Unique CharactersticsPerennial Resource: This attractive small-scale groundcover has glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves and a dense habit. The deepest foliage color is achieved when plants are sited in full sun and in cooler temperatures. From mid to late spring, short (4-6") spikes of deep blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en masse.'Black Scallop' PP15815 tends to spread more slowly and stay naturally compact compared to other kinds of Ajuga, making it suitable for use as an edging. It also fits nicely into rock gardens and mixed container plantings. It is reported to be resistant to powdery mildew.A. reptans is an evergreen groundcover that can grow in the shade of large trees where grass is hard to establish. Unlike many perennials that are grown only for their flowers, ajuga is prized for its attractive, colorful foliage that looks nice all year.