Ajuga Black Scallop
BLACK SCALLOP is noted for its (1) dark maroon-purple leaves with scalloped margins, (2) fragrant dark violet flowers and (3) compact but spreading habit. Leaves are varyingly described as dark maroon-purple to near black, which gets the point across that these leaves are in fact very dark in color. Leaves appear in spreading rosettes that form a 3-4” tall foliage carpet that may spread over time to 36” wide. Tiny, two-lipped, dark violet flowers (typical mint family) appear in spring in flower spikes that rise above the foliage. BLACK SCALLOP was first observed in 1998 as a natural mutation that occurred in an in vitro nursery laboratory planting of Ajuga reptans ‘Braunherz’. It was subsequently isolated, developed and introduced into commerce. U.S. Plant Patent PP15,815 was issued on June 28, 2005.