Height x Spread: 150cm x 100cm
Masses of saucer-like clusters of soft pink flowers open from cream buds above finely dissected, near black foliage. Blackish-purple berries follow in autumn. Much valued for its striking combination of flower and leaf during early summer, the dramatic impact of the coal-like foliage turns rich red in the autumn.
Adaptable to different planting conditions, its form and habit suits a range of garden styles. It also adds impressive texture and contrast to the back of a border. In early spring cut it down to ground level to obtain the optimum foliage colour. This recently introduced deciduous shrub grows well in any fairly fertile, free draining soil with some moisture and humus in full sun.
This perennial is extremely harmful if consumed. Berries are edible if cooked.