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PlantFiles: Bugbane, Fairy Candles
Actaea dahurica

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Actaea (ak-TEE-uh) (Info)
Species: dahurica (da-HYUR-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Cimicifuga dahurica

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Escapes On Aug 7, 2003, Escapes from Isanti, MN wrote:

Very easy to grow in most conditions I have found it popping up in unusual places in my yard and it seems to thrive even in some sun and dry soil.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easily grown in average, medium wet soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, moisture-retentive soils. Foliage tends to scorch and otherwise depreciate if soils are allowed to dry out. Best sited in a location sheltered from strong winds. This is a slow-to-establish, rhizomatous plant which, if left undisturbed in optimum growing conditions, can slowly naturalize to form an impressive colony.

Neutral gardener_mick On Mar 17, 2001, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

Cimicifuga dahurica, aka Fairy Candles is a hardy perennial with white flowers late in summer. The fragrant flowers repel insects. Does not like dry conditions - best in moist soil in a shady setting.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Isanti, Minnesota
Scotch Plains, New Jersey



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