Actaea simplex (DC.) Wormsk. ex Prantl

Bugbane, Cohosh

Cultivar Brunette

Cultivar Brunette

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Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Actaea

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: To 4' tall and 3' wide

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade

Description: 

White flowers in terminal racemes in summer to autumn, fragrant. Leaves similar to Astilbe. Will naturalize but slow to establish. Shelter from strong winds. Rabbit resistant (Oudolf).

Cultivars: 

'Brunette' - bronze foliage, flowers white with a pink tint in summer.

Atropurpurea Group - 7' tall, purple red foliage, elongated spikes, white flowers with purple red calyces and stems in September to October, never collapses, keep soil from drying out.

'James Compton' - 6' tall, dark foliage

'Pink Spike' - 6' tall and 3' wide, pale pink buds and pink flowers with purple spring foliage, maturing to dark green

'Prichard's Giant' - 8' tall, dull green leaves

'Scimitar' - 7' tall, graceful arched flower spikes (Oudolf)

History: 

Published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 9: 246 in 1888.

Basionym Actaea cimicifuga var. simplex DC.

Native to Russia, Mongolia, China and Japan.

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My Experience: 

I saw this plant at the Hillier Arboretum in the UK and also at RHS Wisley.


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