Cimicifuga ramosa 'James Compton'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Snakeroot-Black|
Common Name (Alternative): Bugbane
A wonderfully airy, architectural backdrop for the garden, the dark purplish-black foliage of 'James Compton' will compliment everything around it. It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or yellow foliage.
Though the young leaves tend to be green, they quickly deepen to a dark purple-black if planted in some sun. In late summer, sweetly fragrant, white flowers tinged pink sway in the wind above the masses of foliage.
Measuring only 3' tall, this selection is similar to, but shorter than 'Hillside Black Beauty'.
Origin: Native Cultivar
Sun or Shade?:
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
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Average water needs
Consistent water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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Native to the edges of woodlands in eastern North America, Cimicifuga performs best in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil. Water supply should remain constant throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Cimicifuga takes a few years to get established and reach maturity. Mature clumps should not be disturbed.