Cimicifuga (Actaea) racemosa has long, wand-like, fragrant white flower spikes that are held erect over deep green, dissected leaves. Also known as Bugbane, Cimicifuga racemosa is excellent for late season color.
Native to the eastern third of North America, Cimicifuga racemosa makes a good background plant in the shady border. It is most often found in moist, deciduous woodlands with rich soil.
Cimicifuga racemosa, also known as Black Snakeroot, prefers shade and moist, humus-rich woodland soils and can tolerate wet sites. Do not allow it to dry out or leaf edges will brown. It will tolerate drought once established but it appearance will be greatly diminished. All plant parts are poisonous!