Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'
A perennial with upright, brownish-purple stems and foliage, and dense racemes of small, fragrant white flowers in early autumn, tinted purple in bud
Ultimate height1–1.5 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
North–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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
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