Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'
Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'
Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'
Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'
Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'
Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'
Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'

Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'

"Baneberry"

Actaea 'Queen of Sheba'

1 bare root — £6.71

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Description

Dark and alluring Actaea 'Queen of Sheba' is such a dreamboat. This queen is dramatic in looks but certainly not by nature. Being reliable, strong, resilient and welcoming to wildlife, she’s nailed all the most important features and topped it off with arresting beauty. Preferring a shady position, the astounding perennial Actaea 'Queen of Sheba' lights up the shadows through summer and autumn with its sweetly-scented racemes of white bottlebrush flowers which flare in a fountain-like fashion above a contrasting mass of dark purple-bronze foliage.  

Actaea 'Queen of Sheba' looks and performs best in a dappled or partially shaded space, in cool slightly damp but free draining soil. With near-black foliage, it’s not only striking on its own but acts as the perfect backdrop for bright blooms, such as begonias. This plant also combines spectacularly with other shade-tolerant perennials such as Astilbe, Astrantia, Epimedium and Hosta

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 'Queen of Sheba'ᴾᴮᴿ
    (A. cangshan × A. simplex)

  • 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 'Queen of Sheba' 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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