ACTAEA simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'James Compton'

Part shade
Moisture retentive soil
RHS Award of Garden Merit
Pollinator friendly
Pot Size


Height x Spread: 90cm x 60cm

This slightly more compact variety of Actaea has fragrant cream bottlebrush flowers over deep purple foliage in autumn. After going over, its faded flowers remain upright providing further interest into early winter, where they look beautiful frosted with ice.

Perhaps the sweetest scented of all the Actaea at the nursery, it is great for adding fine texture and late season colour to the middle of the border. Bees love it too. It thrives in a good soil that is moisture retentive. Best grown in dappled shade to help maintain its deep, dark colour but tolerant of a slightly sunnier position than the green leaved forms, morning or late afternoon sun will be fine but avoid very hot areas of the garden.