Actaea (cimicifuga) ramosa 'ATROPURPUREA'

Actaea (cimicifuga) ramosa
Actaea (cimicifuga) ramosa 'ATROPURPUREA'
black cohosh
SIZE/TYPE tall perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-2m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES burgundy red
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION semi-shade to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Black cohosh is an attractive perennial from North America. Its healing power was known to the Indians who used its roots for soothing pains connected with women’s problems. It is not common in our nature where its place takes cimicifuga europaea that does not bear such eye-catching inflorescence.

Atropurpurea is a ploštičníku hroznatého variety with deep burgundy brown or almost black leaves. They are 3- to 4-ternate-pinnate, with palmate, lobed, sharply toothed basal leaves. In late summer rise up slender and dark stems bearing up to 50 cm long erect racemes composed of small, pure white, very fragrant flowers. They resemble cherry laurel flowers both in appearance as well as scent. They flower from August until September. Flower buds look like small, purple red pearls.

Cohosh prefers partially shaded locations or places under the trees with limited sunlight. It loves moist sites with humus rich soil. If you provide regular watering you can grow it in a sunny border, too, but make sure the soil is well mulched to retain moisture. Once established it can withstand temporary flooding but will be poor or even die in dry soil. It is a clump forming perennial that spreads quite slowly so make sure it has good conditions so you can enjoy a beauty of a rich clump soon. Hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update: 04-01-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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