Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 1 - 2 Feet
  • Mature Spread 1 - 2 Feet
  • Growing Zones 9 - 11
  • Use As A Filler In Containers

With its deep, dark foliage, the Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot really stands out. Known botanically as Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty’, its fragrant, white blooms contrast perfectly against its deeply-divided, purple-black leaves. Blooming from August to late September, this perennial is ideal for adding some late-season interest to a border or container. Growing to around 4 to 5 feet tall, this snakeroot can help add height and structure and holds its color better than some other varieties.

Mainly grown for its coppery-purple leaves, the Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty’ forms a pleasing mound-like habit of around 2.5 feet tall before blooming in late summer. Often grown in groups where it can provide the most impact, this perennial is also suitable for growing on its own. Once established, it requires minimal care and is easy to grow. This Actaea is perfect for growing and naturalizing in a shady spot. 

Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot Care

For the best foliage color, Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot is best planted in rich and moist soil that is slightly acidic. Preferring partial to full shade, this snakeroot can struggle if grown in any hot, full sun. Although a hardy and tough perennial, this snakeroot can take a season or two to establish before it really gets going. As it requires moist soil, watering during hot and dry spells is necessary. If grown in fertile soil, supplementary fertilizing is not generally required. 

As a perennial plant, the foliage of this snakeroot dies back in winter and should be removed in spring to make way for its new growth. If you don’t want this plant to self-seed, the spent flower heads can be removed in the fall. To provide some extra nutrients, a layer of organic matter can be applied in spring. 

Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot Spacing

If given the right growing conditions, the Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot can grow to 4-5 feet tall with a spread of 2-3 feet. If growing this plant in a group, it is best planted out with a distance of around 2.5 to 3 feet between plants.

Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 - 11
Plant Type: Perennials
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 1 - 2 Feet
Mature Spread: 3 - 4 Feet
Spacing: 3 - 4 Feet
Habit: Climbing, Columnar, Dwarf, Spreading, Upright
Flower Color(s): Black, Brown, Green
Flower Description: Light Blue
Bloom Period: Spring To Fall
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Foliage Description: Green With Orange Tips
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Fall Interest, 4 Season Interest
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit, Disease, Pests & Insects
Tolerates: Heat, Salt
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Container Role: Filler
Uses: Combinations, Containers, Wetland Areas & Ponds, Windbreaks
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Continuous Blooming or Rebloomer
Brand: Proven Winners
Common Name: Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot
Other Name(s): Dogbane
Scientific Name: Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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