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Actaea simplex (Bugbane)

Bugbane, Cimicifuga Simplex, Cimicifuga racemosa, Kamchatka Bugbane (Actaea simplex)


Fabulous at adding architectural height and late summer blooms to a shaded border, Actaea Simplex (Bugbane), formerly known as Cimicifuga Simplex, is very eye-catching with its long, fluffy spires, 12-24 in. long (30-60 cm), packed with strongly fragrant, tiny starry creamy-white flowers. On display in late summer to early fall, they rise above a deep green foliage which provides excellent texture and color to the landscape throughout the growing season.

  • Typically growing up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 2 ft. wide (60 cm), Bugbane thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Humus rich, moisture-retentive soils are preferred. Provide a sheltered location from strong winds. The flower spires tend to gracefully bend toward bright light when grown in substantial shade.
  • Trouble-free and easy care, Bugbane is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, woodlands, cottage gardens, naturalized areas.
  • Bugbane attracts birds and butterflies but deer and rabbits ignore it!
  • Cut back after flowering or fruiting. Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in autumn or by division in early spring

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Actaea - Baneberries
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Actaea - Baneberries
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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