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botanical name:
Veratrum nigrum
Veratrum nigrum © Deeproot Plant Base
family:  Melanthiaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 1.20m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: maroon
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
description:
Spectacular large pleated leaves. Tall branching spikes of small densely packed maroon-black flowers, which are unpleasantly scented. They are followed by attractive seed heads.

cultivation:
Needs a rich fairly moist soil and prefers some shade. Resents disturbance once established, but long lived.
Can be badly attacked by slugs and snails.

propagation:
From seed or by division in autumn or early spring.

usage:
Shady borders, woodland and wild gardens.

other notes:
RHS AGM

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