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Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ajuga (a-JOO-guh) (Info)
Species: reptans (REP-tanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Scallop
Additional cultivar information: (PP15815, aka Binblasca)
Hybridized by Tristram; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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24 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 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:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive txaggiegal On Nov 20, 2014, txaggiegal from Belton, TX wrote:

Hardy and beautiful groundcover...grows well in full shade, half shade and can even take an hour or two of brutal Texas sun...forms a dense mat and is very drought tolerant while 'showing off' that beautiful black scalloped edging on the foliage.

Negative darylmitchell On Jun 9, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Planted two in shade in 2011. Neither one survived a fairly mild winter. Would not recommend.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Malvern, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Fremont, California
Santa Barbara, California
Vista, California
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Wyanet, Illinois
Bethesda, Maryland
Fallston, Maryland
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Swansea, Massachusetts
Kingsley, Michigan
Protem, Missouri
Saint James, Missouri
Laconia, New Hampshire
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Cliffside Park, New Jersey
Moravian Falls, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Haviland, Ohio
Eugene, Oregon
Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Beaumont, Texas
Belton, Texas
Friendswood, Texas
Houston, Texas
Bainbridge Island, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Woodinville, Washington (2 reports)

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