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Actaea matsumurae 'Elstead'


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Bugbane is a herbaceous perennial grown for its scented autumn flowers that are held above glossy, oval, divided leaves. It prefers a light shady area that has moist soil. Plants have attractive arching, purple stems, which hold its white bottlebrush-like flowers.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Actaea

Species: matsumurae

Cultivar: Elstead

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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