Chocolate White Snakeroot
Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (Ageratina altissima)
|Description||A smaller relative of Joe Pye weed, native to Eastern North America. This selection features strong upright stems of outstanding burgundy leaves for exciting foliage all season. Blooms over many weeks in fall with modest flat-topped snow-white terminal clusters. A valuable butterfly nectar source. Well suited to lightly shaded perennial borders or use as a filler in mixed borders and foundation planting. Herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist to wet.|
|Blooms||Late summer through fall|
|Mature Size||Quickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.|
|Design Ideas||Well suited to perennial borders or use as a filler in mixed borders. Combine with other rugged natives and meadow grasses to create an easy-care wildlife garden.|
|Companion Plants||Goldenrod (Solidago), Inkberry (Ilex), Bee Balm (Monarda), Switchgrass (Panicum), Sneezeweed (Helenium)|
|Care||Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Remove old flowers to prolong flowering. Cut back to the ground at the end of the season.|
|Lore||A native of the woodland areas of the Eastern United States. Native Americans used the roots to create a remedy for snake bites, leading to the common name of snakeroot. Early settlers were unaware of the poisonous properties of the plant, and would occasionally suffer from a poisoning they called milk sickness, caused by ingesting the milk or meat of a cow that had eaten the plant. Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of milk sickness in 1818.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9
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