Cimicifuga 'Chocoholic' PP24821

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Snakeroot-Black
Common Name (Alternative): Bugbane

This lovely native cultivar adds wonderful texture, color, and height to the shade garden. From late summer through early fall, fragrant bottlebrush flowers dance above the bronze purple foliage.  They are a rich mauve-pink color when they open and lighten to white as they age. 

Cimicifuga is a wonderfully lacy, airy backdrop in the garden.  It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or yellow foliage.

Intro Year: 2008

Breeder: Marco van Noort

Origin: Not Native to North America


  4-5 Feet
  30-34 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Purple shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting


  International Hardy Plant Union Outstanding Plant Award 2012

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Native to the edges of woodlands in eastern North America, Cimicifuga performs best in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil.  Some direct sunlight is required to draw out the purple coloration in the foliage.  Water supply should remain constant throughout the spring, summer and autumn.  Cimicifuga takes a few years to get established and reach maturity.  Mature clumps should not be disturbed.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.