Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty'




Station 5 - Great Lawn and Site of Original Summer House

We learned this as Cimicifuga, but of course the botanists decided to change the name. I mostly remember to call it by the correct botanical name, but on occasion slip up.

Actaea are a really nice addition to the late summer garden. The plant, if well fed and watered, can have flower stems that reach 72" in height. The flowers are fragrant, but best enjoyed from a distance, as it is one of those fragrances that can be a bit too much if one is 'up close and personal'.

Be aware that if sited in full day sun, that this plant can suffer on a very hot afternoon. We generally try and site them where they get a lot of light, but a bit of shading during the late afternoon.

An herbaceous perennial, this plant will slowly clump up and is very long lived. Well worth the cost!

Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty'