Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’ Atropurpurea Group

purpleleaf snakeroot

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Synonyms: Cimicifuga simplex var. simplex ‘Brunette’

Outstanding Qualities

New foliage emerges deep green with a dark purple blush in early spring. As the foliage matures it deepens to an inky purple with tall flower spikes topped with fragrant spires in late summer. 'Brunette' is a dramatic perennial for the late summer garden. Although it is tolerant of shade the best and darkest color is in full sun.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

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.