bugbane ‘James Compton’

Actaea simplex ‘James Compton’  is a light, airy inflorescence beauty with small white fragrant flowers. The common name of bugbane is in reference to the odoriferous insect repellent properties of the plant.

The foliage, dark green, resembles that of an astilbe. It is a compact, bronze-leaved bugbane cultivar that typically grows to 2.5-3’ tall. Synonymous with and formerly known as Cimicifuga ramosa ‘James Compton’. All the plants in the genus Cimicifuga have recently been transferred to the genus Actaea.

Botanical Name Actaea simplex ‘James Compton’
Common Name bugbane ‘James Compton’
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement Part Shade to Full Shade
Season(s) of interest fall
Height and Spread 2.5-3ft x 2ft (75-90cm x 60cm)
Flower Color Creamy White
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Species native to Eurasia.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate