Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group
baneberry Atropurpurea Group
Atropurpurea Group are upright plants with brown-purple stems and foliage, and dense spikes of small, fragrant, white flowers in early autumn, often tinted purple in bud. There are a number of named cultivar within this group, chosen for their very dark leaves. Leaf and stem of un-named forms can vary; for best results choose plants in leaf
SynonymsCimicifuga racemosa 'Purpurea'
Cimicifuga simplex var. simplex Atropurpurea Group
see moreCimicifuga simplex 'Blackthorn Strain'
Cimicifuga ramosa 'Atropurpurea'
Cimicifuga simplex 'Atropurpureum'
Cimicifuga racemosa 'Atropurpurea'
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
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
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in cool, moist, moderately fertile soil, enriched with organic matter. Water thoroughly in dry weather
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
Cut back after flowering or fruiting
Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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