Intriguing, nearly black, deep purple foliage along with a statuesque garden form make this a plant that demands attention. 'Hillside Black Beauty' was found at Hillside Gardens in Norfolk, CT and is the darkest foliaged Actaea out there and, even better, this foliage does not fade as summer heat builds. It keeps its great color all year on deeply cut, almost frilly foliage that gives the plant an airy, fine texture that is very effective grouped at the back of any partially to fully shaded garden. Its foliage provides outstanding contrast to long spikes of pure white, fragrant flowers that bloom from late August through September.
Best growth occurs in a moist, shady location with rich, acidic soil. Excellent naturalized plant - requires little maintenance. May require staking. Divisions may be made in the spring.