How to Grow Bugbane (Cimicifuga)

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To grow bugbane, also known as cimicifuga, plant it in shade or partial sun for returning blooms each year. Grow bugbane with tips from a professional gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolonda Vanveen from We are going to learn all about Cimicifuga or Bugbane. It is a beautiful plant. It is a native to America and it is gorgeous in the garden. So Cimicifuga or Bugbane does well in the shade or part sun. I've kind of got it in between my shady and my sunny area and they seem to really like it. They have this gorgeous chocolate brown foliage that even when they are not blooming they just add so much to your garden and I love plants with fun names and this particular type of Cimicifuga or Bugbane is called black negligee and I just think that is a wonderful name for a plant. When it blooms it is just gorgeous. It gets these real puffy blooms and if you look really closely they are white with a little bit of pink in the middle and they're just really really pretty and again even in all white or a moon garden they are beautiful because they have foliage plus they have the white. They also belong, a lot of people are in to the dark chocolate or the black gardens and they fit really well there too. They are a great plant for wild life. Butterflies love them, hummingbirds love them and the bees love them and they're just wonderful because they give them a place to live. The foliage is great because they can live in the foliage especially when you need a place for the little baby butterfly caterpillars to live. When they come out and they can fly they get the pollen from the flowers so I love my Cimicifuga or Bugbane. It is one of my favorite plants in my yard. I don't dig it up. It comes back from year to year and it is very hardy to even minus 30 degrees so it is a plant you really can't lose with.