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Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike'
Common Name: Bugbane Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

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'Pink Spike' has the gorgeous deep burgundy leaves that you've come to expect from the atropurpurea cultivars of bugbane but this one is said to have pale pink rather than white spires of fragrant flowers in late summer and fall. After many years we still can't see the pink. However, the foliage offers a warm purple as opposed to the cool purples of 'Hillside Black Beauty' and 'Brunette'. The difference is subtle but I like it in my garden so we have it at Phoenix. Evenly moist soil.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Mountain meadows and alpine regions. Forest margins, scrub, grassy slopes and open lands at elevations of 300-3200m.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourPink 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourWhite 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeLate Summer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Full - Part Sun Sun Part Sun Part Shade Shade  Foliage ColourBurgundy/Red/Purple 
Soil MoistureMoist Average  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone4-8  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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