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Ajuga pyramidalis 'Metallica Crispa'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ajuga (a-JOO-guh) (Info)
Species: pyramidalis (peer-uh-mid-AH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Metallica Crispa

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JenDion On Jul 25, 2011, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This Ajuga has fantastic texture and sheen. In my zone 5 garden it has been a slow grower, until established (2-3 years) then seems to spread a little more reasonably, but no where near invasively. Mine gets full sun from noon or 1pm until sundown.

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 3, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This one is high on my list of favorite Ajugas, though, at times, it can be a bit moody. Having some in several areas assures having backup, and it does spread well. Blooms in May in my garden.

Positive vossner On Sep 21, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Lovely groundcover. Slow grower for me. Unless I plant it underneath a very large plant, it won't survive the heat. Not easily found in my area, I try to get a couple of 4" pots when I'm lucky to find it. The foliage is shiny and feels very leathery.

Positive Jnette On Aug 14, 2010, Jnette from Northeast, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant does very well, or maybe too well, in my zone 5 area. It grows very rapidly however it does allow some grasses to grow up through it. Some would call it invasive. I guess depending on where you want it, but you do have to control it.

Positive CatskillKarma On Jul 18, 2008, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

I acquired tis at a local nursery ere in theb Catskills. I have it growing in a bed surrounding an Alberta Spruce, with crocosima Lucifer popping up through it. Very attractive. Sturdy enough to fight off the goutweed problem, but nowhere near as invasive as most ajuga. Beautiful color and sheen.

Positive Biker1 On May 28, 2007, Biker1 from McLean, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This groundcover is growing around Sum and Substance Hosta. The contrasting colors are nice. The Mettalica has a glossy sheen, indeed, like metal. In this situation, it has spread VERY slowly, which is OK with me. As it has become more abundant, the blue flowers in Spring are very attractive.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Little Rock, Arkansas
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Saint Augustine, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Northfield, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Hillsdale, New York
West Kill, New York
Moravian Falls, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pawnee, Oklahoma
Coos Bay, Oregon
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
Ione, Washington

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