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Sparkler Ajuga
Ajuga reptans 'Sparkler'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Special Attributes

The outstanding variegated foliage of 'Sparkler' will light up the floor of a shady to partially shaded garden like nothing else. Come winter, the variegated foliage takes on pretty pink tones. Warm weather with new growth brings out even more variegation. To top things off, lovely blue flowers nearly cover the foliage in spring.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a carpet-like patch 3 to 4 inches tall and spreading 18 inches or more, Sparkler Ajuga is a wonderful choice for use as a colorful groundcover in shady to partially shaded areas. With consistently moist soil this variety will tolerate full sun. Also ideal for use as a spreading border along paths and walkways, as a groundcover to fill in around shrubs in home foundation plantings and woodland areas, as a gap and crevice filler between pavers and stones, as an underplanting for shrubs and trees, tucked around boulders in rock gardens, or as a soil cover or accent in combination container gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  12-18 inches apart for mass plantings and solid borders

Cultural Preferences

When planted right and in the right spot, Sparkler Ajuga is easy to grow. It adapts to most soil types and likes shade to part shade. With consistently moist soil it will tolerate full sun, even in the South. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility. Overly dry soils will require supplemental irrigation. As with many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. 

Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen to Semi-Evergreen Groundcover
Height or Length at Maturity:  3-4"
Width at Maturity:  18" or more
Spacing:  12-18" or more apart for mass planting or solid border
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mat-forming, Spreading/Trailing
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Blue
Flower Type:  Single, on elongated spike-type clusters
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Spring 
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, White, Pink Shades in Winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun in cooler climates, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered sun in warmer climates
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Foot Traffic

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