Deep purple or Chocolate leaves and shiny deep burgundy stems make a wonderful contrast to the profusions of white blooms that bloom from September into October from the “Chocolate” White Snakeroot in the garden.
I have mine planted together with Margarette Anemones which bloom at the same time. The pink blooms from the anemones go well with the dark foliage of the Snakeroot behind them and both are wonderful for late Summer to Fall blooming.
Snakeroot likes moist well drained alkaline soil. It grows best in part shade and direct sun causes the leaves to scorch. I have found that here the leaf miners love my plants.
Reaching a height of between 3 and 4 feet its bushy growth with strong upright stems planted at the end of a bed is beautiful from all sides.
It makes a good cut flower and the Butterflies love it.
Snakeroot is hardy in zones from 4 to 8.
Mine has had some self sowing from the seeds which produced a few plants that I have just transplanted into my daughters flower garden.
A warning :
The plant can be toxic to people and animals. Dairy cows that eat the native form of Snakeroot plants that contain toxins can then be passed to people through raw milk. It was called Milk Sickness by the settlers and farmers.
So as with other toxic flowers Chocolate Snakeroot should be used wisely in a garden.
I am fighting another bout of vertigo which took me to the emergency room this morning. Hopefully this time it will not last a month like a previous bout. I have too much to do in the garden this time of the year with moves, new plantings and bulbs coming in the mail. My daughter and I have made plans for a few outings to some upcoming festivals too.
Besides it is no fun feeling like an old drunk person who has not had a drop to drink. LOL!
I am joining in with our gal Glenda at “Tootsie Time” for Fertilizer Friday. “Flaunt Your Flowers With Us” !
Everyone have a wonderful weekend and