Last Updated on 28/04/2020 by Shannen Godwin
This plant is one of our absolute favourites and it’s easy to see why!
A rose by any other name…..
Scientists have proven that Cimicifuga are in fact from the Ranunculaceae family so should now be called Actea! Commonly known as Bugbane, you’ll probably still find these selling as Cimicifuga.
Other common names – Black Cohosh, Black Snakeroot, Fairy Candle.
We currently have two excellent varieties on offer.
Cimicifuga, or Actaea are grown for their spectacular lush foliage, much like Hosta are, however where a Hosta’s flowers can be quite unremarkable, the rising spears of Actaea are simply stunning, with clustered racemes of dainty white flowers formed in midsummer.
Their sweet scent is a magnet for insects and they are a great source of nectar for butterflies and bees.
Actaea really love to be planted in shade, and they are not alone! It can be quite daunting when you find yourself confronted with a North facing or shady garden, but don’t despair – there are far more shade loving plants out there than you think, including flowering varieties that will inject a bit of colour!
For more plants that are ideal for planting in shaded or North facing gardens read our article on Shade Gardening – CLICK HERE.
Cimicifuga will spread out so plant it where it has room to grow. It will thrive in cool positions, they will cope with full sun only if the soil is kept moist but well drained and not in boggy conditions. Ideally plant in full or semi shade. Make sure they are sheltered or protected from frost. This is a long lasting plant that can be slow to start and may not flower in its first year, when it does, deadhead spent flowers. Once established leave undisturbed, feed in late spring.
These are supplied as loose roots – for more information and a helpful video guide with step by step instructions on planting loose roots CLICK HERE.