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Plant of the Week – Cimicifuga ‘Atropurpurea’

Cimicifuga ‘Atropurpurea’

What an interesting plant for shade! This beautiful perennial blooms in the fall on up to 6’ flower spikes.  It prefers shade to partial sun, and a moist, but well drained soil.

The dark foliage is a wonderful contrast to hostas, and the flowers provide a lovely fragrance to the garden.  They are a little slow to establish, taking up to 3 years to form a mature clump, but it is worth the wait.

Another notable cultivar is ‘Hillside Black Beauty’, which has the darkest foliage of all types, and the blooms are tinged pink.