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Actaea racemosa

Native Plants

Black Bugbane

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This robust woodland perennial provides a striking display of white flowers on 5-6’ tall spikes as the color of spring wildflowers fades. Its bold, vertical character provides a sharp contrast to the groundcover layer. Black bugbane also produces sharply divided foliage, making it an excellent plant for massing in the naturalistic garden. While it is shade and drought tolerant, black bugbane benefits from evenly moist and slightly acidic soils. It grows happily with a wide range of woodland plants including Caulophyllum thalictroides, Uvularia grandiflora, Polystichum acrostichoides, Lilium superbum, and Actaea pachypoda.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade, shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Other Scientific Names

    Cimicifuga racemosa

  • Fall Foliage Color
    brown, green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color