Actaea Queen of Sheba

Available mid June

Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'  photo Future Plants


Actaea "Queen of Sheba' is a hybrid of the Asian species Actaea simplex and the American Actaea racemosa from a cross made in the Netherlands by Piet Oudolf. In late summer, this hardy perennial has long racemes of pendulous, fragrant, white flowers that contrast with its dark, purplish foliage. It can reach a height of 1.5 metres with a 60 cm spread when established (second year) and prefers moist, humus-rich soils in partial shade. If it is planted in full sun, it will need constant moisture. Its hardiness in our area is untested but both parent plants survive in our zone.

  • Height: 1.4-1.5 m (55-60 in)
  • Spread: 61-71 cm (24-28 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 5-8
  • Sun or Shade: part shade
  • Bloom Time: late summer to fall
  • Leaf Colour: black
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: All pollinators

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Actea 'Queen of Sheba' is an easy care plant that 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 when it is young so it can be dug up and reset if it is not thriving.


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