at Digging Dog
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.
An 1805 discovery by German-born Frederick Pursh
in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and North
Carolina, this superb hard-to-find American native
sprouts broad ample-sized foliage, distinctive for its
handsome Maple-like appearance. Straight emerald-hued
steadfast stems, bearing fragrant creamy white
floral candles, tower above a leafy verdant clump.
Appalachian Bugbane can be ensconced near Athyrium
'Ghost', where it vows luminous late season accents,
deer resistance and easy care.
Size: 4' 0"–4-1/2' high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Actaea cordifolia (P-1828)
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