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Actaea podocarpa is often confused with:
Actaea pachypoda Actaea pachypoda
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Monarda media Monarda media
Aruncus dioicus Aruncus dioicus
Phytolacca americana Phytolacca americana

Actaea podocarpa

Previously known as:

  • Cimicifuga americana
Description

Bugbane is a native wildflower found in moist woods in the Appalachian Mountains. It grows 3-8 feet tall with a 2-foot spread. The one-foot spikes of white bottle-brush flowers appear late summer into fall and have an odd odor to attract flys for pollination. The ferny foliage is attractive for the rest of the growing season. It can be slow to get established and can take up to 3 years.

It prefers moist rich soils in part to full shade. Plant in small groups in a woodland setting.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#rabbit resistant#NC native#deer resistant#native wildflower
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#rabbit resistant#NC native#deer resistant#native wildflower
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    actaea
    Species:
    podocarpa
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North america
    Wildlife Value:
    Host to Celastrina neglecta major (Appalachian Azure). Deer and rabbit resistant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
    Fruit Description:
    1/3 inch long follicle has a short curved beak that splits open to release several seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Up to 1 ft tall slender racemes of tiny white flowers consisting of about 24 stamens, a single pistil and no petals. They have a strong foul odor that attracts flies for pollination. Individual flowers are 2/3 inch across. Blooms August to September.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, compound leaf with 10 or more ovate, coarsely toothed leaflets that are 4 inches long and 3 inches across. The foliage has a ferny appearance
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits