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Autumn bugbane

Actaea simplex

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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.

CareLikes 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.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsRust and leaf-feeding insects may be problems.

  • Genus : Actaea
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. Lakewaygardener 02/07/2017

    This plant is a host plant for some(din't know which one) butterflies. So, you might find catterpillars! Alsi the blooms provide nectar for butterflies! Talk about purpose!

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