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A late-season blooming perennial, generally planted in rich moist woodland situations. This is an exceptionally good selection, perhaps the blackest form to date. The 4’ to 7’ arching stems are topped with foot long bottle brush wands of fragrant pale-pink flowers rising above the clump of lacy foliage.  The young foliage tends to be green, it deepens to an almost iridescent purple-black in late summer.  Plants will take about three years to develop into a mature clump. Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade.  Foliage tends to scorch and otherwise depreciate if soils are allowed to dry out. Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds.

Sun Exposure:  part to full shade  (if not blooming may need more light)

Soil type: average, humusy, organically rich

Soil PH:  all

Soil Moisture: average medium moisture

Care level:  Easy (keep from drying out and from hot afternoon sun)

Flower color: pale pink

Bloom time: late summer to fall

Foliage Color: green to purple/black

Uses and Characteristics: Back of Border, Specimen, Fragrant,  Attracts butterflies, Deer and Rabbit Resistant, Cut Flower, Woodland,  Large plant, Fall bloom, will take about 3 years to reach full size.

Flower head size: large

Height: 150-180 cm ( 59-70”) 4-7’ tall

Spread: 60-75 cm (23-29”)Growth Rate: slow rarely need dividing

Cimifuega ramosa or Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’,  Black snakeroot, Black Cohosh or Bugbane,  Zones 4-8