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'.
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 ColorWhite tinged with pink
Foliage ColorDark purplish-black
Plant Spread18-24 in.
Fern-Ghost (Athyrium ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Hosta (Hosta ), Jacob's Ladder-Variegated (Polemonium caeruleum), Ligularia (Ligularia ), Solomon's Seal-Variegated (Polygonatum odoratum)
Plant Height36 in.
Soil MoistureAverage and consistent water needs
Characteristics & Attributes
Mass Plant, Cut flower or foliage, Border, Specimen, Fragrant flower or foliage, Container
Bloom TimeLate summer to mid fall
Critter ResistanceDeer and rabbit resistant
ExposureFull to part shade