Autumn bugbane

Actaea simplex

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Monrovia
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Autumn bugbane (Actaea simplex)
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Synonyms:  Previously known as Cimicifuga simplex
Genus:  Actaea
This clumping woodland perennial with deep green foliage up to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide bears spikes of  fragrant white flowers 1 to 2 feet long in fall. Cultivars exist with varying leaf colors and forms.
Care:  Likes rich, woodsy soils that stay moist, in partial to full shade. Foliage will suffer if soil is allowed to dry out. Provide shelter from strong winds.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Rust and leaf-feeding insects may be problems.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Poisonous
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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