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Actaea racemosa

American Bugbane

Bugbane

Comments

A native perennial presenting numerous spikes of small, white, fragrant flowers in late summer to early fall; needs a location sheltered from strong winds; perfect for a shady, woodland garden

Description

A native perennial presenting numerous spikes of small, white, fragrant flowers in late summer to early fall; needs a location sheltered from strong winds; perfect for a shady, woodland garden

Landscape Attributes

American Bugbane is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

American Bugbane is recommended for the following landscape applications;

Mass Planting;General Garden Use;Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

American Bugbane will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

Light Requirement:

shade

full sun

Moisture:

moist to wet

Cold Hardy to Zone:

3a

Height(inches):

Spread:

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Soil Type:

3 feet (5 feet with the flowers)

3 feet

Deer Resistant:

false

Fall Color

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