Actaea simplex 'Brunette'
Formerly Cimicifuga simplex. 6-8’ tall and 4’ wide, this plant is regal in the woodland garden. Leaves are dark purple-bronze and deeply cut, forming a tiered, 2-3’ mound. Tall, dense, pinkish-ivory flower spires emerge on purple-black stems in the late summer and early fall, and persist for 4 weeks, even after several frosts. The incredibly fragrant blossoms attract amazing numbers of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. A wonderful cut flower. Remains attractive into late fall and winter with spikes of inflated seedpods. Its natural habitat is at the partially-shaded woodland edge, where the soil is rich, acidic, consistently moist, and covered with leaf mold. Leaves will brown around the edges if the plant doesn’t receive enough moisture. Beautiful in masses when naturalized. Zone 3-7.