Botanical Name: Actaea ramosa 'Chocoholic' (Syn: Cimicifuga) PP24,821
Dark, bronzy purple, nearly black, foliage has a lacy texture that looks amazing set against lime green hostas or astilbe. Fragrant bottlebrush flowers start blooming in late summer and their rich pink color ages to a pleasing white. The height of this perennial is a real bonus in the shaded garden where it reaches higher than most hostas or astilbes, creating an airy backdrop for the wooded garden.
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Best growth occurs in a moist, shady location with rich, acidic soil. Excellent naturalized plant - requires little maintenance. May require staking. Divisions may be made in the spring.
PP24821. Marco van Noort in Warmond, The Netherlands. Photo Credit: Walters Gardens, Inc