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Black Negligee Snakeroot

Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee'

SKU
03951
Deeply cut, serrated foliage emerges emerald green, then matures to a brilliant dark purple. Long, slender, pink-tinted, creamy white, fragrant flower spikes tower above the foliage in the fall. A standout in the shaded border, woodland or cottage garden. An herbaceous perennial.
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Botanical Pronunciationak-TEE-uh SIM-plecks
LoreDry seed capsules contain toxic berries.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 2 ft. tall and wide; flower spikes reach 5 to 6 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeFall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Columbine (Aquilegia); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Provide organically rich, moisture retentive soil, situated in a sheltered location away from harsh sun exposure or drying winds. Water regularly to keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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