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Actaea racemosa
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Actaea racemosa

P-0048P-0048photo: Wayne National Forest

Actaea racemosa

Actaea

Black Snakeroot

A botanical "Renaissance Man", Actaea is at home in an informal garden, a refined border or in an arrangement for opening night at the Met. Their ambrosial perfume floats through the air as they brighten their surroundings. Actaea is happiest in moist, humus-enriched soil and bright shade; otherwise it´s carefree and low maintenance.

Actaea racemosa full sun  partial shade

Long wandlike, creamy white flower racemes seem to dangle and dance on invisible stems above clumps of Astilbe-like foliage. Try this Actaea (Cimicifuga) in a naturalized setting, under a tall canopy at the back of the border, next to leafy Ligularia.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Actaea racemosa (P-0048)
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