February 27, 2013

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.