Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate’

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Outstanding Qualities

Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate’ (formerly Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’) is a medium-sized perennial with attractive bronzy-chocolate foliage and late-blooming white flowers. The deep purple foliage is great as a backdrop for smaller perennials and mixes well in the garden with other plants. The white flowers open very late in the season, often not until late September or early October.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’, Colchicum ‘Waterlilly’, Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

Great Color Contrasts: pink, white, silver

Great Color Partners: lavender, burgundy

Culture Notes

Ageratina altissima ‘Chocolate’ grows best in full sun to open shade. It will tolerate a wide range of soils including sandy or clay sites, but prefers a well-drained location. Occasional watering is needed during dry weather. There are no disease or pest problems of any significance.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 6 in. (1.07 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering