Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ Atropurpurea Group

bugbane

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Outstanding Qualities

One of the darkest foliage of all of the bugbane cultivars, 'Hillside Black Beauty’ has new spring growth that quickly turns to a dark inky purple black and holds the color all season long. In late summer tall flower spikes rocket above the foliage with pink tinged white fragrant flowers. The best flowering and deepest foliage color develop 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. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Wildlife Associations: butterflies, bees

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.