Actaea Simplex Brunette


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SKU: actaea-simplex-brunette Category:
Common Name: Bugbane
Size: 2-3 litre
Hardiness: H7
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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2-3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Partial Shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Flowering Period: Late Summer, Early Autumn
  • Hardiness: H7
  • Eventual Height: 1.5m
  • Eventual Spread: 1m

Actaea Simplex Brunette, commonly known as BugBane, a recipient of the much coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, a clump forming herbaceous perennial with coppery-purple fern-like foliage through which the bronze-purple stems with long bottlebrush like fragrant flowers of creamy white with a tinge of pink appear late Summer/early Autumn greatly favoured by the later visiting butterflies. Ideal plant as a specimen within the border or at the back of the border in a little bit of shade.

How to care for your Actaea Simplex Brunette

  • Soil: Prefers rich, moist soil that is well-draining. Amend the soil with compost or organic matter to improve drainage and fertility.
  • Light: This plant thrives in partially shaded to fully shaded areas. It can tolerate some morning sun, but avoid planting it in direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plant deeply once a week or more often during hot, dry spells.
  • Fertiliser: Does not require heavy fertilisation. You can feed it with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser once in the spring when new growth begins.
  • Pruning: Deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more blooms and prevent self-seeding. In the fall, cut back the stems to the ground after the foliage has turned brown and died back.
  • Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.

By following these care tips, you can enjoy the striking beauty of Actaea Simplex Brunette in your garden for years to come.


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