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Weekend Plantidote 2012-09-22

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black bugbane

actaea simplex (formerly cimicifuga simplex) "Brunette"

black bugbane, snakeroot


Okay, there are other flowers pictured here too, but the one that was never profiled in Plantidote is bugbane. It's that pinkish looking wand flower with the dark purple foliage. It's a perennial (z.3-8) likes moist fertile soil and partial shade. It's very fragrant. Unfortunately it is a s-l-o-w grower.

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