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Actaea simplex ‘James Compton’
Common Name: Bugbane Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

There aren’t many fragrant flowers for the shade it seems. Thank goodness for the bugbanes then! ‘James Compton’ is a compact, burgundy-leaved bugbane with numerous small, creamy white (sometimes pink tinged), fragrant flowers in late summer to early fall. These are borne on long, terminal racemes resembling fluffy spires that rise well above the foliage on upright, branched, wiry stems.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Native Habitat:
Mountain meadows and alpine regions. Forest margins, scrub, grassy slopes and open lands at elevations of 300-3200m.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height2-4' Bloom TimeLate Summer
Spread12-24" FragranceYes
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Sun Part Sun Part Shade Shade Foliage ColourBurgundy/Red/Purple
Soil MoistureMoist Average Stem ColourBlack
Hardiness4-8 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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