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Black Bugbane

Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea'

Graceful wands of fragrant bottle brush blooms supported by bushy, colorful, deeply veined foliage.

(=Actaea simplex) Bugbanes are late-season blooming perennials, generally planted in rich moist woodland situations. This is a variable strain, valued for its large Astilbe-like leaves that range in colour from deep green to bronzy purple. Arching wands or bottlebrush spikes of fragrant pale-pink flowers rise above the clump in early fall. Great for cutting. In cool summer areas this will grow well in sunny sites, otherwise choose a part-shade location protected from hot afternoon sun. Plants will take about three years to develop into a mature clump. A striking specimen!


Bloom Time:

Blooms fall

Mature Height:

59-70 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-9 Find your zone


Full Sun,Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Start out on the dry side until new growth appears, then keep soil evenly moist.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant the crown of the plant at or just below the soil level.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in the shaded woodland garden in humus-rich soil.

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