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Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette' (Bugbane 'Brunette')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'

Other names

Cimicifuga 'Brunette', Bugbane 'Brunette', Baneberry 'Brunette'

Genus

Actaea Actaea

Variety or Cultivar

'Brunette' _ 'Brunette' is clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with dark purple-bronze foliage and fragrant, pink-flushed white flowers on dark wiry stems in late summer to early autumn.


Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White, Flushed pink in Summer; White, Flushed pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette' (Bugbane 'Brunette') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in cool, moist, moderately fertile soil, enriched with organic matter. Water thoroughly in dry weather.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'

Other names

Cimicifuga 'Brunette', Bugbane 'Brunette', Baneberry 'Brunette'

Genus

Actaea Actaea

Variety or Cultivar

'Brunette' _ 'Brunette' is clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with dark purple-bronze foliage and fragrant, pink-flushed white flowers on dark wiry stems in late summer to early autumn.

Native to

Japan, Siberia

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White, Flushed pink in Summer; White, Flushed pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn

General care

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette' (Bugbane 'Brunette') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in cool, moist, moderately fertile soil, enriched with organic matter. Water thoroughly in dry weather.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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Cimicifuga 'Brunette'

I agree , my plant is very happy in a fairly shady north facing spot. It's intense scent is rarely mentioned in plant listings. It always reminds me of childhood sweets, a little like sherbet (or… read more

Cimicifuga 'Brunette'

This plant was an impulse buy for me on 26 April 2009. I fell in love immediately with the beautiful foliage and it was a bonus to discover that it's happy in semi shade and has scented flowers. … read more

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