Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’ Atropurpurea Group

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Synonyms: Cimicifuga simplex ‘Black Negligee’

Outstanding Qualities

Selected for its rich dark black-purple foliage and tall fragrant flowers ‘Black Negligee’ is a dramatic addition to the garden. Although it is tolerant of shade the best and darkest color is in full sun. The sultry foliage hugs the lower part of the plant while the flowering stems rise above with white blooming spikes that reach 4 to 5 feet.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type:

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' looks good growing with Hydrangea 'Preziosa', Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen', Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double' and Hakonechloa.

Culture Notes
Plant this robust perennial in full sun to light shade for the best foliage color. Provide well-drained soil and regular watering during dry weather. It is tolerant of sandy soils and clay conditions. There are no notable pest or disease problems, and it is resistant to slugs. Cut to the ground in fall once the foliage has started to die back.