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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
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Ornamental Interest
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies

North American Distribution

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