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 illuminate their surroundings. Actaea is happiest in moist, humus-enriched soil and bright shade; otherwise it’s carefree and low maintenance.
Brimming with elegance, this compact dark-hued perennial pays homage to the British horticulturist, who extensively researched this genera’s DNA. Astilbe-style, nearly black and bronzed matte- green leaves attire sleek, lanky, midnight-purple stalks beneath spherical deep plum-hued buds and a perfumed showing of long, fluffy white cylinders, donning occasional pink tinges. Guaranteed to lend dashing lacy accents, this straight-backed perennial can linger behind Astilbe.
Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
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