Ajuga Feathered Friends™ Tropical Toucan
Ajuga 'Tropical Toucan' photo courtesy of Feathered Friends'


Ajuga 'Tropical Toucan' is the world’s first GOLD, big-leaved Ajuga with vividly contrasting cobalt blue flowers!  This groundcover has almond-shaped leaves that simply burst with yellow-gold colour. Ajuga is great at filling in shady areas around trees and shrubs or as an edger in a shade garden.The flowers are very attractive to bees.

  • Height: 10-15 cm (4-6 in)
  • Spread: 46-61 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: partial shade to shade
  • Bloom Time: late spring
  • Leaf Colour: gold
  • Bloom Colour: blue
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Ajugas are low maintenance ground covers for partially shaded sites. They perform best in morning sun and afternoon shade but will grow in more shade although they may not perform as well. They spread by runners, and if happy will make a dense mat. Ajuga is tolerant of a broad range of soil conditions and will even tolerate very poor soil. It will not tolerate wet sites and will be susceptible to crown rot where air circulation is poor and the site does not drain. The foliage is evergreen, although in our climate, foliage may be a little tattered by the spring. Be patient because fresh growth will quickly replace damaged foliage once the weather warms. To keep the plant looking neat spent flowers may be snipped off.

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