Chocolate White Snakeroot

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (Ageratina altissima)

SKU
00497
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.
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Botanical Pronunciationyoo-puh-TOR-ee-um rew-GOH-sum
LoreA 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.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer through Fall
Design IdeasWell 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Landscape UseBorder, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

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.

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