Scientific Name: Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group)
Common Name: dark-leaved bugbane, cimicifuga, Kamchatka bugbane
Family Name: Ranunculaceae
Origin: Central / west Asia, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Arching
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Fragrance, Perennial border, Waterside planting, Woodland margin
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade, Deep shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Lobed, Compound, Basal, Heavily veined, Glabrous, Tripinnate, Ovate, Dentate
Flowers: Raceme, White, Aug-Sep-Oct
Fruit: Berry (true), White, Red, Black, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Leaves astilbe-like - basal with a stem-like rachis, ternately compound, pinnae margins incised and toothed, most ovate 4-7cm long x 2-4cm wide (terminal pinnae obovate, up to 7cm long x 5cm wide, lobed), bronze-purple; flowers creamy-white, Aug-Sept, scented, terminal racemes, bottlebrush-look.