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Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (Snakeroot)

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Snakeroot

(syn. Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

Chocolate leaves with deep shiny purple stems makes a wonderful contrast to explosions of white flowers in September and October. Perfect accent to the bright violets and blues found in Lobelia and Penstemon. With all this color, how could butterflies not be interested? Excellent cut flower. Be careful...this plant is toxic for people and animals! Introduced by Dr. Richard Lighty.

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Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' - 50 per flat $33.50
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Height

3-4 Feet

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Snakeroot Interesting Notes

Poisoning in humans by tremetol, the poisonous compound in white snakeroot, historically has been associated with drinking milk from cows that have eaten the plant. This so-called milk sickness caused considerable loss of life among the early settlers. Cases of milk sickness are now rare except when one family uses raw milk from one or two family cows that have grazed white snakeroot.(http://www.wssa.net/subpages/weed/Whitesna.)

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Found in woods from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan, south to Texas and Georgia. E. rugosum thrives best in moist, well-drained, alkaline soils in partial sun. If it is grow in full sun, the leaves may be scorched and new growth may be damaged. Water regularly but do not overwater. This prairie plant is easily propagated by seed, cuttings, division and may also be transplanted in spring. Cut back in early spring and fertilize to promote bushier growth. E. rugosum is best appreciated at the end of a bed, or on its own so it may be viewed from all sides.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Moist
Moist

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Late Summer
Attributes
Native to US
Moist Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative