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Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’
Common Name: Bugbane Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Lacy black foliage is held on lovely dark stems from which rise beautiful undulated spikes of purple-tinted, white flowers held two feet above the leaves. The flowers carry an exotic perfume of grape and jasmine in August and September. Give it lots of water with full sun to bring out the darkest foliage. Quite flexible for light conditions, bugbane is one of the few intensely fragrant perennials for the shade garden.


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
Height36-48” Bloom TimeLate Summer
Spread12-24" FragranceYes
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Sun Part Sun Part Shade Shade Foliage ColourBurgundy/Red/Purple
Soil MoistureMoist Average Stem ColourBlack/Burgundy
Hardiness3-9 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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