Branched Bugbane, Black Snakeroot, Black Cohosh
Actaea racemosa 'Atropurpurea'

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

Category:

Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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 Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Dark/Black

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Juneau, Alaska

Batavia, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Lakeville, Minnesota

Franklinville, New Jersey

Linville, North Carolina

Madison, Ohio

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Oakton, Virginia

Monroe, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 20, 2010, KMcGregor from Monroe, WA wrote:

Have enjoyed this plant in our garden for more than 20 years. It makes a strong statement, the clump expands slowly, and the honeybees love it. One of the most fragrant plants in our garden.

Positive

On Mar 10, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have mine in part shade and it does very well there. It doesn't grow tall if it isn't given enoungh water. More water means a bigger, better , taller plant.

Positive

On Dec 11, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very bold plant for the garden. If kept reasonably moist and fertilized, it will reach 8 feet. Very fragrant with bottle-brush flowers. This was the first of the 'purple-leaved' selections. If sunny, it is reasonably dark foliaged although newer cultivars are much darker. Excellent plant for the back of the border. The wild species is native to Japan. Unlike the American species of bugbane, this one has a branched flower stem.