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Ajuga reptans Mahogany


Ajuga reptans Mahagony
Deep dark mahogony foliage makes this ground cover quite an attractive AND useful in the everyday landscape. Bright blue flower spikes of cover the foliage in May and June. Ajugas are extremely hardy groundcovers and resemble a colorful carpet spread over the landscape.
Spent flowers can be removed by mowing or using a string trimmer if desired. Divide if clumps become overcrowded. To divide, separate rooted stems or take root cuttings in early summer.
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Part Shade   Part Sun Foot Traffic:
Bloom Time : Mid Spring
Flower color : Blue
Foliage : Evergreen
Foliage Color : Black
Growth Rate : Moderate 6"-10" a year
Habit : Spreading
Irrigation : Hand Water,Auto
Plant Height : 1" - 4" (Fairly Low Grower with taller flower spike)
Planting Area Environment : Low Water (Dry area little to no water),Normal (Rainfall under normal condition)
Seacrh Sun Exposure : Part Shade , Part Sun
Search Foot Traffic : Light
Soil : Peaty ,Sandy ,Gravel ,Normal
Spread : Continuous
Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9
This Plant Is Hardy Above: -30
Additional Features:
Heat Tolerant Yes
Pool Area Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Humid Area No
Kid Traffic Yes
Scented No
Dog Traffic Yes
Butterfly Friendly Yes
Attracts Bees Yes
Fire Resistant No
Erosion Control Yes
Attract Hummingbirds Yes
Attract Butterflies Yes
Attract Bees Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Rabbit Resistant Yes
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Ajuga reptans is easy to grow.  It prefers a well-drained shady location but also performs well in sunny areas. Will adapt to a wide variety of conditions EXCEPT extremely wet. This plant would thrive in organic matter. A light, early spring fertilization is sufficient. Ajuga is relatively care-free, however, it can spread, particularly in lawns. It is susceptible to crown rot. To limit damage from crown rot, rake debris regularly and keep the bed as clean as possible. Dig out unwanted plants to keep within boundaries.

Excellent ground cover to use as an ornamental lawn alternative, with a light amount of foot traffic. Can be used as a lawn substitution if Ajuga blooms are cut back to make way for normal foot traffic. 
Also...this plant can be quite drought tolerant with the correct conditions, but can also whither under drought conditions as well. If you want to use this for drought conditions, please be aware that it is a bit "ify" for severe drought, but a drier location with intermittent watering may be just fine.
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