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Beautiful dark purple, serrated foliage can eventually form a shrub four to five feet tall and almost as wide. Flower spikes tower over the foliage in late summer.
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Formerly named Cimicifuga simplex, and also known as bugbane (the flowers' fragrance is apparently objectionable to some insects), the deep purple, lacy foliage of 'Hillside Black Beauty' is striking by any name. Though it may take a few years to reach its mature size, bugbane can grow to four or five feet tall and just about as wide. Tall fragrant white flower spikes can add another foot or two to the overall height in late summer. Though 'Hillside Black Beauty' is typically a shade garden specimen, it can easily handle morning sun, or all day filtered sun.
|Common Name||Bugbane, formerly Cimicifuga simplex|
|Mature Size||4 - 5 feet tall, 4 - 6 feet wide|
|Cold Hardiness||-30 ° F|
|Characteristics||Perennial, deer- and rabbit-resistant, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, fragrant flowers|
|Light||Morning sun, afternoon shade, or all-day filtered sun|
|Bloom Time||Late summer into fall|
|Uses||Shade gardens, woodland gardens, container planters, back of borders, mass plantings|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|