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Cimicifuga ramosa 'Hillside Black Beauty'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Masses of striking, dark purplish-black foliage contrasted by long, white bottlebrush blooms fascinates the eye and peaks everyone's curiosity. The darkest Cimicifuga to date, 'Hillside Black Beauty' is truly a collector's item. 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 variegated or yellow foliage.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Native to the edges of woodlands in eastern North America, Cimicifuga performs best in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil. Water supply should remain constant throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Cimicifuga takes a few years to get established and reach maturity. Mature clumps should not be disturbed.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Dark purplish-black

Plant Spread

3-4 ft.

Good Companions

Anemone-Japanese (Anemone x hybrida), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Fern-Silver Falls (Athyrium niponicum), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Hosta (Hosta ), Jacob's Ladder-White Variegated (Polemonium caeruleum), Ligularia (Ligularia przewalskii), Solomon's Seal-Variegated (Polygonatum odoratum)

Plant Height

4-7 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Mass Plant, Border, Specimen, Fragrant flowers

Bloom Time

Late summer

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant


Full to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests