Hardiness: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Marineland, Florida Northfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Royal Oak, Michigan Litchfield, New Hampshire Copake Lake, New York West Kill, New York Moravian Falls, North Carolina Bucyrus, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Blackburn, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bunker Hill, Oregon Ladys Island, South Carolina Okatie, South Carolina Austin, Texas Grape Creek, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Mc Lean, Virginia Ione, Washington