Actaea simplex Black Negligee
Actea ramosa 'Black Negligee' photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries

Black Snakeroot

Actea ramosa 'Black Negligee' has lacy black foliage that shrouds the dark stems setting off the purple tinted, fragrant white flowers. The fragrance is like jasmine. This plant is superb for foliage colour in the woodland garden and a magnet for pollinators.

  • Height: 122 - 152 cm (48 - 60 in)
  • Spread: 61 - 76 cm (24 - 30 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: partial sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: late summer to early fall
  • Leaf Colour: black
  • Bloom Colour: purple tinted white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: pollinators

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Actea 'Black Negligee' 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.

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