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Actaea racemosa - leaves in July
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Actaea racemosa

£14.95

(Black Cohosh) Native to the North-eastern USA, Actaea racemosa is a handsome clump forming perennial with deeply cut green leaves and tall spikes of lightly fragrant white flowers in late summer and autumn.

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Native to the North-eastern USA, Actaea racemosa is a handsome clump forming perennial with deeply cut green leaves and tall spikes of lightly fragrant white flowers in late summer and autumn. These flowers are very popular with bees & butterflies and are followed by interesting seed pods (do not eat any berries which appear as they are poisonous!). 

Usually looks best if planted in a woodland setting with light dappled or partial shade and some shelter from strong winds.


  • Position: Light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist but free draining soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: August - September.
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Tall, clump forming perennial.
    • Height: 1.5 - 1.8 m (5 - 6 ft)
    • Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
  • Notes: Please be aware that the berries are poisonous and should not be eaten!
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How Much Sun
Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Herbaceous - Large (Tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Damp / Wet
Special Features
Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Good for Wildlife (Insects including bees & butterflies), Flowering Season - Autumn (September - November)

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