Common Name: Snakeroot-Black Cimicifuga R. Hillsd Blk Beauty

Height: 4-7 Feet
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Flower Color: White Shades
Foliage Color: Purple shades
Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8
Sun or Shade?: Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:   Average water needs, Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?: Slow
When should it bloom?: Late summer, Early fall, Mid-fall
How's your soil?: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0), Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?: Woodland/Shade, Eclectic


The darkest Cimicifuga to date, 'Hillside Black Beauty' is truly a collector's item.  It forms an upright clump of striking, dark purplish-black foliage contrasted by long, white bottlebrush blooms late in the season.

Though the young foliage tends to be green, it quickly deepens to an almost iridescent purple-black. In late summer, the 4'-7' tall stems are topped with foot-long, fragrant, white flowers blushed with pale pink.

Cimicifuga is a wonderfully lacy, airy backdrop in the garden. It is especially attractive when combined with other perennials with  variegated or yellow foliage.