Cimicifuga (Actea) ramosa 'James Compton'

James Compton Bugbane (James Comton Snakeroot)

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

A wonderfully airy, architectural backdrop for the garden, the dark purplish-black foliage of 'James Compton' will compliment everything around it. It is especially attractive when combined with variegated or yellow foliage. 

More About Cimicifuga (Actea) ramosa 'James Compton'

  • As with all Actea...they are best in very bright shade though they will tolerate full sun
  • A must have for the early fall...insect attractant

Though the young leaves tend to be green, they quickly deepen to a dark purple-black if planted in some sun. In late summer, sweetly fragrant, white flowers tinged pink sway in the wind above the masses of foliage. 

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2-3 ft


2-4 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Cimicifuga (Actea) ramosa 'James Compton' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Container
  • Specimen
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Flower Color

  • White


  • Upright
  • Vase-like