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Bugbane
Cimicifuga

 

Description:
Cimicifuga is a wonderfully lacy, airy backdrop in the garden.  It is native to the edges of woodlands in eastern North America, performing best in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil.  Water supply should be constant throughout spring to fall. 

 

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Common Name: Bugbane, Black Snakeroot
Botanical Name: Cimicifuga
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Performs best in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil with an acidic to slightly alkaline pH.  This plant is sensitive to humidity.
Light Requirements: Partial Shade, Full Shade
Attributes: Fragrant flowers, deer resistant, rabbit resistant, good for shade, attracts butterflies
Pests: Root knot nematodes
Diseases: Leaf spot, rust and cucumber mosaic virus
  Anemone, Cardinal Flower, Hardy Geranium, Japanese Painted Fern, Hosta, Jacob's Ladder, Ligularia, Solomon's Seal.  It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or yellow foliage.
Care:

Fertilize regularly with Plant-tone for good blooms.  Mature clumps should not be disturbed.  Cut back early spring.

Planting Instructions:   Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Hillside Black Beauty'
Bugbane, Black Snakeroot
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Masses of striking, dark purplish-black foliage contrasted by long, white bottlebrush blooms fascinates the eye and peaks everyone's curiosity. Though the young foliage tends to be green, it quickly deepens to an almost iridescent purple-black. In late summer, the 4'-7' tall stems are topped with foot-long, fragrant, white flowers blushed with pale pink.  Discovered by Mary Ann McGourty of Hillside Gardens, Connecticut and introduced through Plant Haven.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Purplish-black
Height: 4-7'
Spread: 3-4'


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Cimicifuga/Acatea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Bugbane, Black Snakeroot
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Forms clumps of finely cut blue-green foliage similar in appearance to Cimicifuga.  White flowers bloom late spring on short bottlebrush-like panicles which turn bright red by fall contrasting with the white fleshy berries. Deer resistant.

 

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Late Spring
Foliage Color: Blue Green
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 24-36"


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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Pink Spike'
Bugbane, Black Snakeroot
zones 4-8
 
Description:  A statuesque plant bearing frothy light pink flower spikes above rich bronze foliage.  An invigorating contrast for borders.  The first all pink Bugbane flower!
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Bronze
Height: 36"
Spread: 24-48"

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