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Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' (Snakeroot)

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Snakeroot

(syn. Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

Chocolate leaves and shiny, deep purple stems make 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 $35.18
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Height

3-4 Feet

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Snakeroot Interesting Notes

Striking foliage contrasts beautifully with brilliant white flowers. Attracts butterflies. Excellent source of late-season color in informal or perennial gardens. Attractive with Japanese anemones and other fall-blooming plants. Tolerates dry shade. - Darwin Perennials

An animal may die from eating either a large amount of white snakeroot at one time or small amounts over a long period. The eating of small quantities more or less continuously gives rise to the animal disease known as trembles. It is also the cause of the well-known and much-feared milk sickness of man -- a disease that is contracted from drinking milk or eating milk products from poisoned cows. Milk sickness claimed thousands of lives in the early 1800s, perhaps the most well-known victim being Abraham Lincoln's mother. Nursing calves and lambs may die from their mothers' milk contaminated with snakeroot even though the mother animals show no signs of poisoning. Cattle, horses, and sheep are the animals most often poisoned. - Veterinary Medicine Library

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Found in woods from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan, south to Texas and Georgia. Thrives in moist, well-drained, alkaline soils in partial sun. If it is grown 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
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Average
Average
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America
Moist Sun
Dry Shade
Moist Shade