‘Hillside Black Beauty’ forms an upright clump of striking, dark purplish-black foliage contrasted by long, white bottlebrush blooms – foot-long, fragrant, white flowers blushed with pale pink. Though the young foliage tends to be green, it quickly deepens to an almost iridescent purple-black.
Cimicifuga is a wonderfully lacy, airy backdrop in the garden. It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or yellow foliage.
Performs best in rich, fertile, humusy, evenly moist but well-drained soils. Some direct sunlight is required to draw out the purple coloration in the foliage. Needs consistent moisture. A slow-to-establish plant which, if left undisturbed in optimum growing conditions, can slowly naturalize.
Height: 4-6 ft.
Spread: 2-4 ft.
Bloom time: September to October
Sun: part shade to full shade
photo credit: Walters Gardens