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Cimicifuga Racemosa Atropurpurea — 48 Comments

  1. Love tall spikes, utterly useless here of course, but then agin behind a wall or a fortress, that plant would shine. Scented?

    If you’re feeling overrun with female bloggers, perhaps we need a ‘wear a false moystache when you blog day’ just to balance things out?

    I’m still reeling that kininvie is male.

    Enjoy the award, you deserve it.

  2. Just stumbled across your blog. Having a really enjoyable read. I’ve been wondering about buying a Cimicifuga for quite a while now, as it keeps appearing in one of the gardening catalogues. After reading your post I’ve decided to buy one, and I’ll be planting it near the front of the border as you suggest. Looking forward to dropping by more often (even though I don’t like ‘Dexter’)

  3. Alistair I feel your pain…..errrr……loneliness…….something like that. I guess the men are outnumbered on gardening blogs, but that just makes us serial gardeners more famous lol.

  4. Alistair what a great..HARDY plant, love the conical like blooms! I’m adding this one to my list, thanks for all the great info. Also, as a way to show my appreciation for your wonderful blog I would like to nominate it for the – Versatile blogger award, this is my first and I am happy to pass on the award to some of my fave blogs. If you are interested please pop by my latest post for more details.. Cheers Julia. PS, Oh how I love Dexter!!

  5. Are you kidding me? With all the added fun we have on this site, I could never leave. How would I have found out Donald Trump’s Scottish adventures and that you and Donna have a serial killer fetish and that B-a-g is a master of evasion? Life isn’t just about plants after all.

  6. Carolyn, naw, forget all about the killing stuff, deep down Dexter has a heart of gold. Don’t be sad, I am sure that in time you will forgive Donna for such minor failings. B-a-g says he is looking for more revelations from me. I decided to take the opportunity to pry a little more telling him? that I am surrounded with women bloggers, suggesting a bit of male company would be fine, and was he indeed of the male gender. Naw, didn’t give anything away. I do hope he doesn’t fall out with me I would be totally gutted.

  7. Great plant portrait Alistair, and confirms that this really is a plant I would love to grow in my own garden. There is something so uplifting about plants with tall spires of flowers. I too am a huge Kindle fan now, I love being able to cart a huge number of books about in such a small device.

  8. It is a beautiful and unusual plant, I love the flower spikes and I wish I could smell them too! Funnily, I have not taken to my kindle. The best thing about it is no books lying all over the house waiting to be dusted. But my first iteration of it is not particularly bright, and reflects light too. Maybe I need something more expensive 🙂

  9. I am now really wondering about two of my favorite bloggers. Isn’t Dexter about a serial killer? I just crossed Aberdeen off my travel plans, and I am reconsidering my sadness that a certain Donna won’t be coming the the fling :-). I really thought I knew you two.

  10. Thanks for these photos — they always remind me of when I visited Scotland. I remember being amazed by the lushness and rain forest feel of the landscape.

  11. Hi Alistair – it is particularly annoying the way this plant has changed its name. I went to Wisley and found it, sketched it, thought I had learnt it and am now unsure – rather like getting a person’s name wrong and mis-remembering it every time.

  12. Ah, my friend b-a-g, more revelations! I think I am an open book, have a job keeping my trap shut at times. Let me tell you how my life has been surrounded by women, (but your a guy, aren’t you?) forgetting my teens when they couldn’t keep their hands off me. From the age of six I was brought up by my mum, and had a younger sister, (but your a guy aren’t you?). I got married at the age of twenty one and of course had two lovely daughters, even the cats a she, (but your a guy aren’t you?). I am well outnumbered by lovely women in the blogosphere and as much as I enjoy it, it can be a little intimidating, (but, your a guy, arent you?) I do of course have two amazing grandsons and an older brother.

  13. Yes Larry. many plants recommended for shady spots do well enough in full sun given how cool our Summers can be. I am not so sure, with the intense heat which you can get.

  14. One of my favourite plants, Alistair and it’s right at the front of the border. We get a better view of the butterflies that way. In fact I think it would look good repeated throughtthe garden.

  15. Hi Alistair… I have been concerned with a huge cimicifuga that I’ve had in the the same spot for over 25 years. After some tree removal, it will be in pretty much full sun along with a very large old patch of variegated solomon’s seal. I really hate to mess around with either one so will probably leave them in order to see how they handle all the sun. I suppose extra water could help as well. Thanks for you comment on my post… Larry

  16. This is one of my favorite late blooming plants. I have it planted with some fall blooming Japanese anemones and they look so well together. It grows well in one of my shady garden beds. It does self seed very easily and I had new plants coming up last summer. This may be a plant I will have to watch that it does not become invasive. LOL!

  17. Never seen it down south. Maybe they renamed it Actaea because they got fed up with calling it C..R..A.. Whatever it’s called, it looks magical in the second photo.

    So you’re a bit of a sleuth, Alistair – looking forward to more revelations next week …

  18. Someone suggested this plant for my garden, and now that I see your pictures, I am sold! I don’t have a lot of partial shade in my garden, but this plant is stunning, and I can imagine how it would brighten up a shady area. Thanks for all the info.

  19. Andrea, we have many Ferns but not so good with the names of them, I doubt very much if it is the same as your native one,its brrrrr here today.

  20. Donna, Cimicifuga is a great plant and it doesn’t seem to mind being moved around pillar to post. We get plenty of the American tv series. One which I particularly liked was (Dexter) ITV showed series one and two and then much to my annoyance didn’t follow through, I think it is at series five now.

  21. Alistair you have one of my favorite plants…my butterflies love it as much as the beauty in your first picture…I also love mysteries and Steven King and others for suspense. I have heard of this author and will check out this series…I would love another BBC mystery series that I can watch here…we have so few good ones from BBC available here anymore…

  22. Hi Alastair, I also love those authors you mentioned. very impressive plant, i think tall plants can look great in the front or middle, but of course it depends on the whole picture. what a huge and spectacular butterfly.

  23. Hi Alistair, yes that Cimicifuga is so beautiful, towering high and mighty. And that butterfly on it is so huge! I noticed also a fern at the lower left section, it looks like our native one here in the tropics. I can’t imagine it thrives favorably in temperate climates also.

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