- Full Shade to Partial Shade (0 - 4 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 4 - 6 Inches
- Mature Spread 4 - 6 Inches
- Growing Zones 4 - 9
It’s evergreen, or more precisely ever-deep purple, and grows in shade to cover the ground and suppress weeds. Feathered Friends ‘Noble Nightingale’ is one of those plants every garden needs for those shady, bare areas in which nothing else seems to grow. This hybrid ajuga, or bugleweed, also is tough and hardy, handling frost in zones 4 and the heat of zone 8. Expect the low-growing plant to spread to up to 18 inches across and produce deep purple to nearly black leaves with little to no sun exposure.
This Feathered Friends ajuga only grows to about 4 to 6 inches high, so it hugs the ground to complement other shade-loving plants, like Coral Bells or Hostas, or to border shaded entries and walkways. And its ability to spread can cover in a bare spot, suppressing weed growth as it fills out. Deer do not eat ajuga, and it keeps its color all winter. In spring, small cobalt blue blooms appear just to add to this plant’s nearly perfect profile.
Feathered Friends ‘Noble Nightingale’ Ajuga Care
Be sure your new ajuga goes into a spot with soil that drains well and that receives at least 4 hours of shade a day. In warmer zones, be sure it gets afternoon shade for best performance. Once planted, add a few inches of organic mulch to help keep out weeds until the ajuga spreads fully and to keep the soil moist after watering. Fertilize the plant at least once in spring to give it a good start.
Water your ajuga regularly, and feel free to cut back on watering some after it’s established. In all but the driest seasons, the plant can get by during a brief drought. Prune the plant only once a year for easy care. Wait until the spring flowers fade and trim the foliage and flower stalks to a few inches above the ground to rejuvenate the plant. If it becomes matted or crowded, divide the plant every few years.
Feathered Friends ‘Noble Nightingale’ Ajuga Spacing
Spacing depends partly on the effect you want, but planting your ajuga too close together can cause it to get crowded and lack air circulation. So, space new plants at least 1 to 1.5 feet apart.
Feathered Friends™ Noble Nightingale Ajuga Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
|Plant Type: Perennials
|Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Shade (0 - 4 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
|Mature Height: 4 - 6 Inches
|Mature Spread: 9 - 18 Inches
|Spacing: 9 - 18 Inches
|Flower Color(s): Blue
|Bloom Period: Spring
|Foliage Type: Evergreen
|Foliage Color(s): Black, Purple
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Interest, Winter Interest, 4 Season Interest
|Uses: Borders, Groundcovers, Wildlife Gardens
|Features: Foliage Interest
|Common Name: Feathered Friends™ Noble Nightingale Ajuga
|Other Name(s): Bugleweed
|Scientific Name: ‘Noble Nightingale’ Ajuga PPAF
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.