Bugbane

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Spectacular perennial with statuesque flower spikes and unique foliage. Offers remarkable contrast in color and texture. Plant in woodland gardens among hostas, astilbe and lady's mantle, or allow to naturalize. Also a nice addition to cut flower arrangements. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Companion Plants

Viola

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Viola

Profuse fragrant flowers carpet the early garden. Beautiful at garden's edge, in rock gardens, as a small-scale ground cover, and lovely in bouquets. Allow to reseed for longevity in the garden. Reblooms in cool weather.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Hummingbirds are drawn to the dainty flowers offset by bold, richly colored foliage. Gorgeous next to lady's mantle, delicate woodland ferns, or wide silvery-blue hosta leaves. The strong, straight stems are ideal in cut flower arrangements. Mulch lightly in winter to protect shallow roots. Prefers average, moist well-drained soil.

Ferns

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Ferns

Ferns are a wonderful addition to the shade garden, with a variety of unique textures, from soft and deeply cut to bold and lance-shaped. Available in sizes perfect for low edgings, taller backgrounds or filler. Combine with hosta, astilbe, and jacob's ladder for a nice blend of texture and color. Prefers moist, acidic, humus-rich soils.

Details

Common name

Bugbane

Botanical name

Cimicifuga ramosa

Variety

Atropurpurea

Zone

USDA 3 - 9

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Bloom color

Purple

Bloom time

summer

Light

part sun

Height

3-5' (1-1.5 m)

Habit

shrubby

Water

daily

Feed

use all-purpose

Maintenance

shear back lightly after bloom