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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette' - Bugbane
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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette'

Bugbane, Snakeroot

Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette' is a late-season blooming perennial, generally planted in rich moist woodland situations. Valued for its large Astilbe-like leaves of dark purple to almost black. Arching wands or bottlebrush spikes of dense, fragrant pink-to-creamy-white flowers rise above the clump in early fall. Great for cutting. In cool summer areas this will grow well in sunny sites, otherwise choose a part-shade location protected from hot afternoon sun. Plants will take about three years to develop into a mature clump. 

Additional:

All plants in the genus Cimicifuga have recently been transferred to the genus Actaea.

Bugbane, Snakeroot Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, organically rich, moisture-retentive soils. Foliage tends to scorch and otherwise depreciate if soils are allowed to dry out. Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds. This is a slow-to-establish plant.

Height:

36-48 in

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Spread:

24-36 in

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette'

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Attributes
Cut Flower
Specimen
Focal Point
Fragrant
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
Great Companion Plants for Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette'
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Victory')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa 'Plum Pudding')
Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'August Moon')
Fern, Japanese Painted Fern, Japanese Painted (Fern, Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum')
(Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great')
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