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Chocoholic Bugbane (Snakeroot)

Botanical Name: Actaea ramosa 'Chocoholic' (Syn: Cimicifuga) PP24,821

Height: 3-4'

Spread: 3'-3'



Blooms in Summer

Blooms in Fall

Mix of Sun & Shade



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 

Plant Characteristics


  • Great Garden Performance
  • Reliable Consumer Success
  • Easy to Grow
  • Low Maintenance
  • Multi-Season Interest
  • Improvement Over Existing Selections
  • Long Blooming

Special Features

  • Cool & Unique
  • Disease Resistant
  • Pest / Insect Resistant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Cold Tolerant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Fragrant Blooms
  • Cut / Dried Flowers
  • Cut Foliage/Stems


  • Small, Urban Yards
  • Kid & Pet Friendly
  • Great in Containers
  • Edible Garden
  • Privacy Screening
  • Erosion Control
  • Wet Areas
  • Climbing

Wildlife & Environment

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies / Hummingbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Non-Invasive
  • Low Water Usage / Drought Tolerant
  • Native / Nativar

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