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     You have to see this plant in bloom to believe how stunning it is.  It makes a striking vertical backdrop to any shady area.


     In spring tall spikes arise from deep-green foliage and feature tiny flowers that bloom from the bottom up.  


     Black Bugbane is a larval host to the Spring Azure butterfly, and it attracts hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators.


     Black Bugbane prefers part shade but will grow in sun with enough moisture.


     Photos: Creative Commons


Black Bugbane/Cohosh

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Actaea racemosa
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Mature size: 3-6 feet tall; 2-4 feet wide
    • Spacing: 2-3 feet
    • Light: Part to full shade
    • Soil: Moist
    • Bloom: Creamy white, May-August
    • Landscape: Vertical accent to shade garden
    • Resistance: Deer, rabbits
    • Native range here
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