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|Positive ||joraines ||On Mar 7, 2013, joraines from Inman, SC wrote:
Ordered this from a nursery in Maine and worried it would not do well in our hot, hot summers. Planted them in partial shade and kept them watered through the summer and mulched. I had read they would not bloom until well established but last year, one of them put up a solitary but beautiful bloom. This is the third year so hoping it will continue to establish and do well.
|Positive ||nosopradio ||On Jul 18, 2011, nosopradio from Syosset, NY wrote:
I have 3 of these. When planting, make sure roots are well covered and apply mulch. Also, before winter, I would make sure the plant is mulched after it dies back. The plant does NOT like to dry out. Also, it prefers shade. It does survive with some morning sun, which I have on 1 plant - but I am in the Northeast. I don't know if it would survive with morning sun in the South - if in the South I imagine it should be in total shade only.
I have 2 in total shade and it does great.
Again, I can't stress how important it is not to let it dry out.
Very nice dark leaves and the plumes are pretty.
Looks great against a light background, or with lighter-colored plants.
|Positive ||mslehv ||On Feb 27, 2011, mslehv from Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
The plant does need ample light. Before our trees cut down on the light, flower spikes would reach 8'. With lesser light the spikes tend to grow more horizontally seeking it.
|Neutral ||purplekitty ||On Feb 2, 2010, purplekitty from Wildomar, CA wrote:
Some studies have shown that ingestion of this plant can cause liver complications in some individuals. Just a bit of FYI for the possible dangers associated. I will update when I find out the quantity that was tested.
|Neutral ||grrrlgeek ||On Feb 16, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Variety racemosa (Black Bugbane) is native to most of the eastern half of the US and Canada. Endangered in Illinois and Massachusetts.
|Positive ||EllenM3 ||On Jun 4, 2008, EllenM3 from Alden, NY wrote:
It took a few years before mine bloomed but now it's beautiful so be patient.
|Neutral ||missgarney ||On Jun 25, 2006, missgarney from Cullowhee, NC (Zone 6b) wrote:
This perennial is native to our area.
|Positive ||MN_Darren ||On Aug 11, 2004, MN_Darren from Saint Paul, MN wrote:
Very easy, very attractive and fairly adaptable. I have about 40 square feet covered with it, and it only took about 6 years to get that large. As far as I can tell, it does not like direct sun. If it is getting any amount of sun, it takes extra water to keep it alive. The area where I have had the best luck is on the North side of our garage wall, where it gets bright, indirect sun and NO direct sun at all. Tree roots should dry the area out, but for some reason this soil is always moist and it is the last place to thaw in the spring, so it is almost always buried in a layer of ice until almost the end of March. It reseeds freely and seedlings can be moved easily. I have found that the seedlings do better than divisions. The smell is strong and peculiar--sweet, but hay-like, with a hint of freshly cooked corn tortillas. Strong smells are fairly rare in the ranunculaceae family. The only other one I know of is Thalictrum flavum, which has a similar smell. Bees love both of these and seem to be intoxicated as they plow through the fluffy flowers.
|Positive ||garyon ||On May 2, 2004, garyon from Syracuse, NY wrote:
Received our plant as a division from a friend who had grown it for years: I have since divided the plant once in ten years, resulting in two small plants.
It has been given no special care and has grown fairly well in a shady location.
It is an attractive plant even without the flower spikes. The fragrance, however is not pleasant to me. On first detecting it in the garden, I thought someone was nearby smoking pot.
|Neutral ||dbuckley ||On Jul 31, 2002, dbuckley wrote:
I have just recently purchased a "Black Snakeroot" from a local greenhouse here in Maine. I thought it was so unique. It is very tall and thin so I hope it will withstand the wind and Maine winters. I have transplanted it in shade near the house.
|Positive ||lupinelover ||On May 6, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Plant takes ideal conditions for it to survive; very deep organic-enriched loam is perfect for it. Will not survive in standing water, but quickly dies if it dries out.
Flowers are extremely fragrant; very sweet aroma. Many people cannot tolerate the smell; others find it very pleasant. A large stand of plants will fill the air with its smell for a long distance.
Foliage is lacy and very elegant.
Species has medium green leaves; there are dark and bronze cultivars available.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grand Haven, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Lake George, Minnesota
St Paul, Minnesota
North Plainfield, New Jersey
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Alden, New York
Buffalo, New York
Croton-on-hudson, New York
North Haven, New York
Syracuse, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Grassy Creek, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
India Hook, South Carolina
Inman, South Carolina
West Springfield, Virginia
Port Angeles, Washington