|Cool new growth in late April |
What I like best about this plant is how little real estate it takes up in our cramped shade garden. But even as it rises from a narrow base, it makes a big impact, with tall, slender flowerstalks filled with fluffy white blooms.
||snakeroot; black cohosh
||white (early summer)
||ordinary garden soil
At long last, I decided to catch up with taxonomists and rename this from Cimicifuga to Actaea. Maybe my brain will catch up at some point, too.
|Neat pure-white buds |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Hermine Dow||May 30, 2012||This is a favorite of mine because it smells so sweet it perfumes the air.|
|B. Richards McIntyre||Jun 13, 2015||This is a great plant and it is native to the part of Montana I reside in, which would be SW Montana. The Helena area. These grow like mad and get huge especially along creeks and other shady waterways. I often wonder if ours is a distinct species or if it is the same Actaea racemosa that grows elsewhere around the US. The smell of the flowers on our native, Spring blooming Snakeroot is very reminiscent of candy. They smell like the Pez candies I used to get at Woolworths as a kid. This is one plant I use a lot in my garden designs and I am never without a few of them in my own gardens.|
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