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Actaea racemosa 'Black Negligee'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Actaea (ak-TEE-uh) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Negligee

Synonym:Cimicifuga racemosa

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Description from FlowerScent Gardens catalog: (Cimicifuga ramosa) Grow in shade to partial sun, moist soil. Height is 3’ tall and is hardy from zones 3 to 9 - Space 1 foot apart. This shady perennial usually does not have a fragrance but this variety has quite a lot of it! The perfume can be detected yards away on a quiet late summer or early fall day. In her book called “Fragrance in Bloom” by Ann Lovejoy, she describes the perfume as “...a strong and carrying scent rather like clover and honey.” For my nose the strong scent has more of a ‘warm’, sweet and subtle licorice aroma. The light pink to white flowers are very small but arranged up a towering spike resembling 'bottle brushes' which happens to be the generic nickname of this splendid plant. The leaves are a striking and unusual blackish bronze if grown in more sunshine. This plant makes a great companion with Hostas, Clematis and Roses. This is a RARE and much sought after perennial.


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

Bardstown, Kentucky
Plainfield, New Jersey
Pittsford, New York
Southold, New York
Delta, Ohio
Kalama, Washington

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