Cimicifuga (sometimes placed in Actaea) is a worldwide genus of perennial wildflowers known for their traditional use as medicine for "female issues", however cimicifuga is also a dramatic woodland garden plant.

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Cimicifuga (sometimes placed in Actaea) is a worldwide genus of perennial wildflowers known for their traditional use as medicine for "female issues", however cimicifuga is also a dramatic woodland garden plant.

The plant is topped with long candelabra-like spikes of airy white flowers that rise several feet above the canopy of attractive leaves. The actual flowers of Cimicifuga are unusual in that they have no petals, but are composed of naked stamens. Several species of bug bane (most notably Cimicifuga racemosa) are native to the United States (including North Carolina) but are somewhat rare in the wild.

Bugbane attracts butterflies and is a deer-resistant and rabbit resistant plant that prefers a moist, fertile environment, and when planted in the proper soil is a trouble-free woodland garden plant. The fragrant flowers may also be cut and used in a vase. Try pairing bugbane with other woodland perennials such as phlox, boehmeria, angelica, and some of the taller fern species. When you are ready to buy cimicifuga for your perennial garden, check out our list of bugbanes for sale.