Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

"White snakeroot"

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

1 bare root — £5.95

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Description

With Eupatorium 'Chocolate', you can turn a partially shaded area with tricky clay soil into a space for lush bronze foliage and illuminating white blooms. Thriving in conditions which many other plants find challenging, Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate', commonly known as white snakeroot, grows into a bushy plant with a long season of foliage interest, plus a long-lasting display of frothy white flowers which provide a highlighting contrast from June to September.  

Once established, Eupatorium 'Chocolate' can grow up to 1.2m tall and just as wide, all in the space of one growing season. In autumn, the stems can be cut right back down to ground level and the plant will remain dormant for winter. Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate's fully winter hardy and won’t require winter protection—in spring you can look forward to the appearance of fresh new foliage. Choose a position in partial shade and poorly-drained soil, such as clay, to enjoy this white snakeroot plant at its best. 

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' is also known as Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate'.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' syn. Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate'

  • Flower colour

    Pink, purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    1-1.2m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Eupatorium 'Chocolate' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "White snakeroot" 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. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • 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 until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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