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EUPATORIUM rugosum 'Chocolate'

Image of Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

EUPATORIUM rugosum 'Chocolate'

Plant Common Name

Chocolate Snakeroot, White Snakeroot

General Description

Chocolate snakeroot is an upright clumping perennial native to the woodlands of the eastern United States. Its clusters of soft fluffy white flower clusters allure bees and butterflies in the late summer to early fall. Leaves of cultivar 'Chocolate' are colored mainly a deep purple with brown or bronze tints with stems are stiff and brownish purple.

Chocolate snakeroot requires a rich alkaline soil, with plentiful watering and partial shade. Remove wandering rhizomes if a meadering cluster is not desired in the landscape. This perennial is great as a cutflower or planting in the back of the border or as a companion to taller ornamental grasses in a meadow-like setting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (4)

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m (2)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, South-Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Brown, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Bog Garden, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes