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Actaea rubifolia

Appalachian bugbane

Actaea rubifolia extends its terminal spikes of frothy white flowers in September. Though this plant prefers alkaline soils, relatively rare in New England, it tolerates our native acidic soils quite nicely and provides pollinators with late-season nectar.

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Height: 4-6 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-8


Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Average
Ornamental Interest
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant


North American Distribution


Appalachian bugbane - Actaea rubifolia from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Dan Jaffe (c) Native Plant Trust