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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
black snakeroot bugbane
black cohosh cohosh bugbane
Cimicifuga racemosa Cimicifuga racemosa var. racemosa
Actaea are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with compound leaves and small creamy-white flowers in short, erect, simple or branched terminal racemes, followed either by poisonous red, black or white berries, or by star-shaped clustered brown follicles
A. racemosa is a perennial to 1.5m, with long, branched, bottlebrush-like racemes of small, white flowers carried well above the bright green, divided leaves, and followed by dry brown follicles
E North America
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or West-facing or North-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in cool, moist, moderately fertile soil, enriched with organic matter. Water thoroughly in dry weather.
Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in autumn or by division in early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow
Pruning Cut back after flowering or fruiting
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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