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Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Black Negligee' (Baneberry)

Baneberry 'Black Negligee', Bugbane 'Black Negligee', Cimicifuga simplex 'Black Negligee', Cohosh 'Black Negligee', Black Negligee Snakeroot


Rich of an exotic perfume of grape and jasmine, Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' (Baneberry) is a herbaceous perennial prized for its finely-divided, near-black leaves and eye-catching flower spikes. Standing out in late summer to early fall, attractive, dark stemmed fluffy spires, packed with deliciously fragrant creamy-white flowers adorned with a purple tinge, gracefully bob and sway in the breeze. They rise elegantly above the dark, purplish-black, lacy foliage which provides excellent texture and color to the garden throughout the growing season. Bold and dramatic, 'Black Negligee' will be the talking point on a garden walk.

  • Typically grows up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-150 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Moist, moderately fertile soil, enriched with organic matter is preferred. Don't let the soil dry out or the foliage will suffer. Provide a sheltered location from strong winds. The flower spires tend to bend toward bright light when grown in substantial shade.
  • Trouble-free and easy care, Baneberry is a welcomed addition to beds, borders, woodlands, cottage gardens, naturalized areas.
  • Attracts birds and butterflies and deer ignore it!
  • Cut back after flowering or fruiting. Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in fall or by division in early spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Actaea - Baneberries
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles 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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Actaea - Baneberries
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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