Cimicifuga simplex Hillside Black Beauty
Cimicifuga simplex Hillside Black Beauty

Cimicifuga simplex Hillside Black Beauty

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Autumn Snakeroot
Hardiness Zone: 4-7S/9W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Sep
Height: 60" Spacing: 24-30"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Fragrance: Yes
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This exceptionally dark-leaved form of Bugbane was selected by the well-known horticulturists, Fred and Mary Ann McGourty, who named the plant after the gardens and specialty nursery they created in nearby Norfolk, CT. The plant shares all the impressive characteristics of the species--elegantly cut foliage and 5′ tall, fragrant white flower spikes in late summer. But it has foliage that is the darkest available, an almost black purple, that, unlike others, doesn't fade as the season progresses. A statuesque plant with best leaf color in light shade. Try it with Hostas and Hakonechloa. PP 9,988

For more information on growing Cimicifuga, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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"True Beauty"

susie from ME

This beauty grows pretty tall. I planted it with big hostas and astilbes. I just love this plant. Make sure you space it well. It will come back big next year. Recommend to anybody who loves gardening. You won't be disapointed!

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Best improved cultivar of Cimicifuga

Rowanshire from Northbridge, MA

The most improved form of cimicifuga for non-fading deep maroon color in the shade garden. Slower to rise to full height for me, but lovely paired with Goat's Beard as a backdrop to whites, pinks, or even better - hot lime or orange shades. It doesn't flop either. I highly recommend this plant.

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gorgeous wimp

labrat from St. Paul, MN

tried this plant 3 times, full to partial shade, well watered, next to goats beard, liriope, hostas, ferns. started out strong then just pfft. can't figure out what I am doing wrong!?!?

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2 years since planting ,growth is10%

bald eagle from airmont,n.y.

2 years and 10% growth over delivered product.companions in shade garden;hostas,astilbe,rudbekia,dicentra.ferns.etc. HELP!P.S.3 plants in 3different location,same results.

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Carnation from Brooklyn, New York

This plant grew well beyond the 5 foot expectation. It was at 12 feet this past spring after about 3 years. My mistake--I drastically pruned and transplanted it to a new location. It is just limping along right now, however my feeling is that I pruned and transplanted it too late in the season. I am hoping it will come back to its old beautiful self next spring.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: sim-me-sih-few'guh 

Grow in full sun or partial shade in the North; provide afternoon shade in the South. Plants require evenly moist soil wherever they are grown.

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