Actaea matsumurae 'White Pearl'

bugbane (syn. Cimicifuga)

White Pearl’ produces a tall wand of delicate white flowers in late autumn, lighting up deep shade, and the elegant seed head endures until winter

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: moist, fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: September and October
  • Flower colour: creamy-white
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A dramatic, stately perennial, this is a particularly useful plant because it comes into its own late in the season, when many flowers have finished, and because it thrives in damp shade. The slender, bottlebrush-like flowers emerge in autumn from green buds and open creamy white. Try it at the back of a border, between evergreens, or to light up a shady part of the garden. Avoid removing the faded flowerheads, since they develop into pretty, lime-green seedheads.

    In a recent article in the The Daily Telegraph, Dr James Compton - the man responsible for their classification - thought this plant needed atmospheric moisture to thrive. Think of trillium country, he said. On the acid side of neutral, light and leaf-mouldy but able to retain moisture.

  • Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or composted pine needles when planting. Support using ring stakes well before the flowers appear. Lift and divide congested colonies in late autumn or early spring.

  • Harmful if eaten/skin irritant

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