'Hillside Black Beauty' is said to be the darkest Cimicifuga to date. Emerging green it quickly forms an upright clump of striking, dark purplish-black foliage contrasted by long, white bottlebrush blooms late in the season.
It the late season its airy flowers will reach 4-7' tall. I like cutting the foliage. The flowers also last well but may have an aroma that doesn't agree with all.
Height: 4.0-7.0 Feet
Spread: 3.0-4.0 Feet
Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8
Flower Color: White Shades
Foliage Color: Purple shades
Sunlight: Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun), Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements: Average Water Needs, Consistent Water Needs
Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality, Fertile Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0), Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Bloomtime: Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid Fall
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens