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Actaea 'Brunette'

"Baneberry"

Actaea 'Brunette'

1 bare root — £5.21

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Description

Actaea 'Brunette' is a stunner. From late spring it produces spectacular dark chocolate brown-purple foliage, and from August onwards its snowy-white flower spikes contrast beautifully with the leaves. These flower spikes last through to October, providing useful colour at a time when the garden can be sadly lacking in floral interest. And, as if that isn’t enough, the flowers are also delightfully scented!

Reaching a mature height of 150 cm / 60", Actaea simplex 'Brunette' can be grown mid-way or at the back of a garden border where its unusual coloured foliage will create a real talking point. Or it can be grown in a patio container. Sheltered sites are best to protect the flowers from strong winds. Few gardeners realise, too, that the flowers of Actaea can be cut and used within floral arrangements indoors.  

Actaeas used to be known under the name cimicifuga, and they have the common name of baneberry – possibly because they are the bane of rabbits. These pesky animals will leave them alone, so if your garden regularly falls victim to these countryside pests, your Actaea should be safe!

NOTE: Most Actaeas are harmful if eaten, and can trigger skin irritations.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea group) 'Brunette'

  • Flower colour

    White, purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    1.2-1.5m

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    6 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Purple, bronze

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Wildlife gardens
    Woodland gardens
    Water gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Boggy
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Clay
    Loam
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

  • Squirrel resistant

    Yes

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Actaea 'Brunette' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Baneberry" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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