Actaea dahurica

Dahurian Bugbane

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Dahurian bugbane was first found in Dahuria, an area spanning the border between Siberia and Mongolia, but in fact it's native from eastern Russia to Korea. The fluffy white flowers are densely packed on arching racemes that can reach 6-feet high, a compelling and graceful presence in a shade border or a woodland setting.

There are over 35 different species of bugbane or Actaea, spanning Europe, Asia, and North America. They're generally woodland plants, happiest in dappled shade and cool, consistently moist soil. Most form mounds of toothed leaves and then in mid-summer send up spikes of tightly packed flowers, often followed by conspicuous berries. NOTE: Berries are poisonous to people and rabbits; harmless to birds and butterflies.
Plant Shape
Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9