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Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) ‘Brunette’

Baneberry

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

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Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Brunette'
  • Common name: Baneberry
  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Purple

Actaea (syn. Cimicifuga) is a slightly unusual plant, bearing tall, elegant, upright spires of white flowers late in the season, long after summer-flowering plants have bloomed. Actaea ‘Brunette’ is a particularly lovely variety, with purple-tinted foliage and stately white, bottlebrush flowers appearing in September and October.

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Grow Actaea ‘Brunette’ in moist soil in partial shade, ideally in a sheltered spot to protect the delicate flowers. Support stems with a twiggy network of pea sticks.

How to grow Actaea 'Brunette'

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Actaea 'Brunette' and wildlife

Actaea 'Brunette' is known for attracting bees, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Actaea 'Brunette' poisonous?

Actaea 'Brunette' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

Plants that go well with Actaea 'Brunette'