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Cimicifuga ramosa 'James Compton'
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Plant Type: Perennials

A wonderfully airy, architectural backdrop for the garden, the dark purplish-black foliage of 'James Compton' will compliment everything around it. It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or yellow foliage. Though the young leaves tend to be green, by the second season they have deepened to a dark purple-black. In late summer, sweetly fragrant, white flowers tinged pink sway in the wind above the masses of foliage.

Measuring only 3' tall, this selection is similar to, but shorter than 'Hillside Black Beauty'.

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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

White tinged with pink

Foliage Color

Dark purplish-black

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Fern-Ghost (Athyrium ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Hosta (Hosta ), Jacob's Ladder-Variegated (Polemonium caeruleum), Ligularia (Ligularia ), Solomon's Seal-Variegated (Polygonatum odoratum)

Plant Height

36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Mass Plant, Cut flower or foliage, Border, Specimen, Fragrant flower or foliage, Container

Bloom Time

Late summer to mid fall

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant


Full to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests