Does cimifuga/bugbane grow here in the shade?

sadie_pnwApril 6, 2011

There is an area on the north side of a wall that I would like to plant cimifuga ramosa Hillside Black Beauty. The Bluestone Perennials catalog lists it as a plant that can handle almost full shade, but the Western Garden Book says it needs full sun.

Has anyone grown cimifuga? Will it thrive in a bed on a north wall? There are hostas and skimmia planted in this bed.

The wall is light colored, so I'm trying to think of a dark colored plant that might provide some color contrast. I'd like to try a Sambucus Black Lace there, but doubt there is enough sun for that either.

Suggestions and advice welcomed. Thank you.

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gardengal48

Actually, the SWG book says "full sun only in cooler climates" :-) So while it can grow in full sun here - provided it receives sufficient water - Actaea (formerly Cimicifuga) is really a part shade to shade plant. It should combine well with hostas and skimmia.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 11:36AM
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sadie_pnw

Thank you - I moved here from Alabama, so figured Poulsbo, Washington is a cooler climate! but I'm so confused about the weather here, I don't know what anything means half the time.

Thanks a lot for the input.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 12:35PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

There are even two species native to forests of this region.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 2:56PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

For description of Sunset Zone 5, which is where you would be...

Here is a link that might be useful: Sunset climate zones: Western Washington

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 3:00PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Mine are in shade, quite a bit of shade, and they do great. I have seen them in more sun in display gardens but I'm happy with mine in shade.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 7:35PM
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sadie_pnw

Thanks for the information. I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 12:33PM
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