bugbane

Did you know? The name Cimicifuga means 'bedbug repeller'.
Common name : bugbane
Scientific name : Cimicifuga spp.
Family : Ranunculaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
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Cimicifuga - bugbane or cohosh - is a genus of between 12-18 species of flowering plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The genus is now generally included in Actaea.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 100 - 150
pH 6 - 7

Plant my bugbane

Plant in a rich garden soil, or planted with well-decomposed manure, compost or compost, in the shade. Remember that the silver candle needs deep soil. Land of heather or leaf molds are also perfect for him! Prepare the soil by digging (to decompact without necessarily turning it, with a toothpick or grelinette), scratching and raking. Plant the perennials respecting a spacing of 1/3 of adult height between plants. Thoroughly tamp the soil so as not to let air in contact with the roots, then water abundantly. You will have to wait 2 or 3 years for your silver candle to acquire all its beauty.

Water my bugbane

Water regularly in the summer in case of drought, Actaea are prone to dry out. Always water thoroughly - meaning the water that you pour should not disappear too quickly into the ground, and form a small puddle. Seedlings should be watered in fine mist, and the soil kept always moist until emergence.

Weed my bugbane

In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.

Cut down my bugbane

Deciduous perennials don't keep their above-ground growth during the winter, they survive with their underground systems. At the end of the season, the foliage and the dried flower stems can be cut off without second thought. Don't touch the root or the future buds that are emerging from the soil

Fertilize my bugbane

With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.

Propagate my bugbane

Actaea can be multiplied by dividing the tuft, with a spade. Warning: it is advisable not to divide the plant before 6 or 7 years. Transplant in a soil rich in humus.

Mulch my bugbane

Mulching the perennial plants will save you from watering and weeding and will even fertilize the soil a bit as it decomposes. When choosing, know that dry wood chips are the most inert, but they will last for a longer time. Fresh wood chips and leaves enrich the soil but must be changed often. Grass cuttings are to be used mixed with something else in a layer that is at most 1 cm thick. Mulch with at least 5 cm of thickness to ensure it works and isn't simply a cosmetic effect.

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