Actaea racemosa Brunette


Actaea ‘Brunette’ is an exceptionally beautiful selection, valued for its large Astilbe-like leaves of purple black. Arching, bottlebrush spikes of fragrant pale-pink flowers rise above the clump in early fall. This plant makes an excellent companion to gold coloured hostas.

  • Size: 1 gallon
  • Height: 150-180 cm (59-70 in)
  • Spread: 60-75 cm (23-29 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: part shade
  • Bloom Time: late summer
  • Leaf Colour: purple black
  • Bloom Colour: pale pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: all pollinating insects

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Actea 'Brunette' thrives in well drained soil that has been enriched with compost. It is considered a plant for partial shade but it will grow in full sun with a constant supply of moisture. It does not like competition from tree roots especially as a young plant. It is shallow rooted and easy to move so it can be dug up and reset if it is not thriving.