Mystery Purchase- Beautiful..dusky maroon umbels

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Bought this plant last year at a North Yorkshire plant fair- Actaea (Bugbane) also known as cimigfuga- but is it Actaea?  Looks like Angelica stems and flowerheads in colour & formation but are flatter than the domes of angelica, more like the flowerhead shape of Cow Parsley. The leaves resemble those of a rose 3s and 5 s- see the left near the bottom,.It has grown to 7ft tall with lots of beautiful dusky maroon umbels- just opening now..............Look forward tot he experts opinion...

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  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,172

    Actaea is Baneberry which should grow to two or three feet high, Alba or Red, fluffy flowers and poisonous berry's.
    This plant is probably a hybrid and with this years weather could have sprouted beyond its potential. Likes shaded conditions and peaty soil, it has found its ideal position. I sugest you approach it whith a whip and a chair.

    Frank.

  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    It also looks very similar to Euportorium Maculatum.

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,825

    Yep, definitely looks like Eupatorium to me too.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,172

    OK Gracie, never heard of it, are you thinking of Eupatorium "Joe pye weed" it is a semi shrub and likes some shade and damp although they are more red-pinkish flowers.

    Frank..

  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    Yes, that's the one. Mine is growing very tall and upright as in the picture.

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,825

    My Actaea have gone to fruit, so no flowers to see now, but that is definitely the spitting image of our "Joe Pye Weed" Eupatorium purpureum

  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    This plant was featured on GW tonight. It's Angelica gigas 'purple Angelica'.  Very beautiful and covered in flies! 

  • Many thanks for your replies- Monty Don fetured it on Friday- what a coincidence- and yes it is a Angelica gigas- so will hopefully be able to grow more from seed for next year!  Highly recommend this beautiful plant and the bees & flies love it too

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