Cimicifuga (Actaea) racemosa Black Snakeroot

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Description

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!

Characteristics

  • Common Names: Bugbane/Black Snakeroot
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
  • Height at Maturity: 48-60
  • Width at Maturity: 36-48
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to midfall
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Fragrant.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/8. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/15 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

(Zone 7 is by far our largest group of orders, and we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!)

 

All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Already started
    • Zone 8: Already started
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you wish to receive your plants earlier than what's on this schedule, please send us an email after you place the order. Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays for the safety of the plants in transit.

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We ship via UPS & USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.